Functional Phonetics Workbook

Fourth Edition

Mary Lou Marsoun Cancio, Sadanand Singh, Brooke R. Findley

Details: 361 pages, B&W, Spiral Bound, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-594-8

© 2026 | Available

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The Functional Phonetics Workbook, now in its fourth edition, emphasizes the basics of learning the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) in a simplified, useful manner so students can be successful and confident at IPA transcription. It meets the need for undergraduate students majoring in communication sciences and disorders who require one semester of training in phonetics.

The workbook includes clear diagrams illustrating how sounds are produced and transcription exercises to provide ample opportunities to develop command of the IPA. Ancillaries include audio files and phoneme study cards to help students strengthen their phonemic awareness skills and learn the symbol/sound associations of the IPA. This new edition includes updated examples, definitions, and activities throughout the text.

New to the Fourth Edition

  • New co-author, Brooke R. Findley
  • A new chapter titled Introduction to Clinical Applications which provides a review of introductory topics in speech-sound disorders and addresses transcription of speech-sound errors
  • Updated examples, definitions, and activities throughout the text
  • A re-organized presentation of chapters so that the vowels of General American English (GAE) are reviewed prior to consonants
  • Updated information of select symbols to ensure consistency with current IPA transcription practice
  • A new robust suite of ancillary materials for instructors and students (see below)

PluralPlus Online Ancillary Materials

For instructors: PowerPoint Slides, Quiz Bank, and Sample Syllabus

For students and clinicians: Audio Recordings and eFlashcards


Workbook Format

Chapter 1. The International Phonetic Alphabet       

Chapter 2. Learning to Write IPA Symbols: Syllables and Word Shapes    

Chapter 3. Articulatory Aspects of Phonetics

Chapter 4. Front Vowels       

Chapter 5. Central Vowels    

Chapter 6. Back Vowels        

Chapter 7. Diphthongs           

Chapter 8. Stop-Consonants  

Chapter 9. Nasals and Syllabics        

Chapter 10. Fricatives

Chapter 11. Affricates

Chapter 12. Oral Resonants   

Chapter 13. Word Stress       

Chapter 14. Dynamics of Connected Speech

Chapter 15. Introduction to Clinical Applications    

Chapter 16. Dialect Differences        

Appendix A. The International Phonetic Alphabet   
Appendix B. Answers to Exercises    

Appendix C. Answers to Study Questions     

Appendix D. Table of Contents for Audio Files                                            


Phoneme Study Cards

Mary Lou Marsoun Cancio

Mary Lou Marsoun Cancio, MA, received her master's degree in speech-language pathology from California State University, Fresno in 1987. Since then, she has been employed in a public school setting and as a part-time lecturer. She has taught the introductory phonetics course at CSU-Fresno since 1994. She has also taught introduction to communicative disorders, introduction to language development, and diagnostic procedures courses, as well as provided supervision for clinicians. Ms. Cancio served as advisor to the CSU-Fresno Chapter of NSSLHA from 1998 to 2003. She has also served as secretary to the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies Chapter of the CSU-Fresno Alumni Association since 1995. In this capacity, she arranged conferences for nationally recognized speakers in communicative disorders to provide continuing education to area professionals. In 2003, she was the recipient of the CASHA District 5 Outstanding Achievement Award and in 2005 received the Friends of CDDS Appreciation Award for more than 10 years of service to the Department of Communicative Disorders at CSU-Fresno.

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Sadanand Singh

Sadanand Singh, PhD, (1934-2010) was a fellow of the American-Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA) and an active member to the direction of that organization. Dr. Singh was chairman of Plural Publishing and had been a professor at The Ohio State University, professor and department chair at Howard University, professor and director at the University of Texas Health Science program, and professor and chairman of the Communicative Disorders Department at San Diego State University. He also served on advisory boards with leading scientists, clinicians, and professors in several areas of key academic and clinical concentration. Dr. Singh authored undergraduate and graduate texts in phonetics, phonology, measurements, and clinical procedures.

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Brooke R. Findley

Brooke R. Findley, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA, is a speech-language pathologist and board certified behavior analyst who has experience working in educational, medical, and university settings. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in communicative disorders with an option in speech-language pathology at California State University, Fresno, where she is presently pursing a doctoral degree in educational leadership. Ms. Findley currently serves as an itinerant speech-language pathologist for the Dinuba Unified School District, where she works with children in preschool through sixth grade with a variety of communicative disorders. She is also a part-time lecturer in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies at Fresno State.

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Functional Phonetics Workbook, Fourth Edition comes with access to supplementary student and instructor resources on a PluralPlus companion website.

The companion website is located at:


The student resources include audio recordings and eflashcards.

To access the student resources, you must register on the companion website and log in using the access code located in the front of your textbook.


The instructor resources include PowerPoint slides and a test bank. You will also have access to all of the student resources listed above.

To access the instructor resources, you must contact Plural Publishing, Inc. to be verified as an instructor and receive your access code.


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*Note for students: If you have purchased this textbook used or have rented it, your access code will not work if it was already redeemed by the original buyer of the book. Plural Publishing does not offer replacement access codes for used or rented textbooks.

Phonetic Science for Clinical Practice

Second Edition

Kathy J. Jakielski, Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann

Details: 327 pages, Two-Color, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-405-7

© 2025 | Available

Phonetic Science for Clinical Practice: A Transcription and Application Workbook

Second Edition

Kathy J. Jakielski, Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann

Details: 378 pages, Two-Color, Spiral, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-407-1

© 2025 | Available