Introduction to Communication Sciences

S. R. Savithri, PhD
Former Director, All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Manasagangothri, Mysore, Karnataka, India

Series: Research Advances in Communication Studies
BISAC: SOC052000



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The main theme of the book Introduction to Communication Sciences is to provide information on (a) communication, language, speech & their components in brief with illustrations, (b) production, characteristics and generation of sound in detail, (c) sound intensity and concept of decibel, (d) hearing mechanism, audibility and hearing, and (e) introduction to the field of speech-language pathology and audiology including historical aspects of these two fields in five chapters.

It is primarily written for libraries and with an intention of helping students studying in the first year of the speech and hearing Bachelor’s programme, master’s students in Speech Pathology, research scholars, and faculty teaching Speech Pathology and Audiology. The book is different from others as it incorporates literature from ancient Sanskrit literature and includes several illustrations for ease of understanding. It incorporates definitions of speech, language, communication, and their components, functions of communication, normal development of speech & language, pre-requisites and factors affecting speech-language development, cultural and linguistic issues in communication; bi/multilingual issues. It addresses overview of speech production, speech mechanism, the acoustic theory of speech production, and bases of speech and language.

In addition, the book focuses on acoustic energy and power, absolute and relative units and measurements, Bel and deciBel, sound pressure and decibel sound pressure levels, and characteristics and application of decibels. Hearing mechanism, audibility and hearing is also dealt with along with hearing range, procedures of estimating minimum audible levels, minimum audible pressure and field, reference equivalent threshold sound pressure levels and hearing levels, and other related issues. Finally, it introduces the historical aspects of the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, development of the field in global context, interdisciplinary nature of the field, development of instrumentation in the field, and scope of practice of the field. As historical aspects are dealt with, material from WWW were included and hence internet references were inevitable.

The course is required / hard core / discipline specific core course, and hence the proposed book would be used as a primary text. With its reader-friendly content and valuable online resources, Introduction to Communication Sciences is an ideal text for beginning speech pathology and audiology students and faculty.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Speech, Language and Communication

Chapter 2. Bases of Speech and Language

Chapter 3. Sound Intensity and Concept of Decibel

Chapter 4. Audibility and Hearing

Chapter 5. Introduction to Speech-language Pathology and Audiology


"An expert on ancient and contemporary languages of India, and an outstanding pioneer in the field of acoustic phonetics of Indian languages, Dr. S. R. Savithri’s book on Introduction to Communication Sciences is a treasure cove for all seekers in the area of Speech Science. This book covers fundamental and advanced concepts of speech production, perception, regulation, and their implications in a nutshell. The five chapters in the book use many illustrations and clearly describe the process of communication and its components; biological and neurological bases of speech production; fundamental concepts related to the nature of sound; auditory mechanism and functions related to the perception of sound; and historical developments and scope of practice with special emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature, global issues, and technology. Dr. Savithri’s clear elucidations of complex concepts of speech science is a must read for all beginners, advanced learners, and professionals in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology." - Rangamani G. N., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, Professor and Fulbright Scholar, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, St. Cloud State University, MN USA

"The textbook ‘Introduction to Communication Sciences’ by Prof. Dr. S. R. Savithri is a highly welcome contribution to teaching speech pathology/audiology and phonetics. It provides a fresh and exciting perspective on the field, building on the author’s wealth of research and teaching experience in a vibrant multi-lingual environment. Importantly, the book incorporates some valuable insights of ancient Sanskrit scholars – first known phoneticians, as part of a historical review of the field. The book is remarkably clearly written, with various – often quite complex – concepts and topics presented in a very accessible way and amply illustrated. As such, the textbook will serve as a valuable resource for students and young researchers in speech/audiology and phonetics." - Alexei Kochetov, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Professionals in the field: Bachelor’s Programme in Audiology & Speech Language Pathology, and the Course on Communication Sciences
Research scholars, and faculty.
First year specialized Master’s Programme in Speech Pathology
Non-Professional other than the field: Students of Physics, Acoustics, and Linguistics

Speech-Language Pathology
Global historical aspects of speech & hearing
Speech production
Hearing mechanism
Bases of speech and language

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