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Reference Resources for Phonetics

Phonetics may be defined as the science of speech. It is concerned with all aspects of the production, transmission, and perception of the sounds of language. (From the entry for Phonetics by Michael Ashby in the Oxford Bibliographies Online.)

Below are some key (online) reference works for phonetics. 

Selected New Books in Phonetics at UBC Library

Manual of Clinical Phonetics cover
Introducing phonetics and phonology  cover
Sociophonetics cover
Phonetic Causes of Sound Change The Palatalization and Assibilation of Obstruents cover

Library Subject Headings

UBC Library, like most academic libraries, uses Library of Congress Subject Headings.  Books on Phonetics can be found in the UBC Library catalogue under these Subject Headings:

For books on the phonetics of  a specific language, use this format (replace 'French' with whichever language you are interested in):

Selected Journals on Phonetics Available at UBC Library

Journal of Phonetics cover

Journal of Phonetics

The Journal of Phonetics publishes papers of an experimental or theoretical nature that deal with phonetic aspects of language and linguistic communication processes. Papers dealing with technological and/or pathological topics, or papers of an interdisciplinary nature are also suitable, provided that linguistic-phonetic principles underlie the work reported. 

Journal of the International Phonetic Association cover

Journal of the International Phonetic Association

JIPA is a forum for original research in the fields of phonetic theory and description and their phonological, typological and broader implications. JIPA is especially concerned with the theory behind the International Phonetic Alphabet and publishes papers, known as Illustrations of the IPA, that use the alphabet for the analysis and description of the sound structures of a wide variety of languages.

Clinical linguistics & phonetics cover

Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics

An international journal publishing research into linguistics and phonetics including speech and language disorders, hearing impairment and sign language.

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America  cover

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Since 1929, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) has been the leading source of theoretical and experimental research results in the broad interdisciplinary subject of sound. The journal serves physical scientists, life scientists, engineers, psychologists, physiologists, architects, musicians, and speech communication specialists.

Phonetica journal cover


Phonetica is an international forum for phonetic science that covers all aspects of the subject matter, from phonetic and phonological descriptions, to articulatory and signal analytic measures of production, to perception, acquisition, and phonetic variation and change. 



  • International Phonetic Association (IPA)
    The IPA is the major as well as the oldest representative organisation for phoneticians. It was established in 1886 in Paris. The aim of the IPA is to promote the scientific study of phonetics and the various practical applications of that science. In furtherance of this aim, the IPA provides the academic community world-wide with a notational standard for the phonetic representation of all languages - the International Phonetic Alphabet.