The Pronunciation of English: A Course Book in Phonology

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This book is at the same time a presentation and an investigation of the phological system of the world's most widespread and most widely studies languate, English. It is intended both for teachers and prospective teachers of English who require a full understanding of the sound system of English and for students of linguists who know English and need to acquire an understanding of phonology. As representation, the text incorporates all central aspects of research in the phonology of English. As investigation, it involves the reader at every step, its many integral exercises leading the student to discover facts, to formulate general statements and apply concepts. In succession the book deals with varieties of English, consonants, vowels, syllable structure, allophonic variation, phonotactic constraints, the rhythm, intonation and mobile accent of utterances, placement of stress in words, the effects of rapid, casual speech on pronounciation, and the morpheme variation which results from historic phonological processes. The chapter on vowels presents a `general inventory' and varous `particular inventories' as a means of dealing with the troublesome matter of dialect differences in vowel systems. The chapter on phonotactics is the most through ever published, and it serves as the basis of an explanation for certain other facts, for example the different forms of the regular plural ending of nouns. In presenting an account of not just the varieties of American and British English, but also other widespread variants, this is the most comprehensive introductory guide to the pronounciation of English today.

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The Pronunciation of English: A Course Book is an introduction to the phonetics and phonology of English. It incorporates all central aspects of research in the phonology of English and involves the reader at every step, with over 80 exercises leading students to discover facts, to formulate general statements, and to apply concepts.This revised second edition provides a brief history of the English language, highlighting the main native-speaker varieties that exist today. In succession, it deals with the nature of speech and phonetic description, the principles of phonological analysis, the consonants and vowels of English, and their possible sequences. It provides an extensive treatment of rhythm, stress, and intonation and the role of these prosodic elements in discourse, as well as coverage of phonological processes that make casual, conversational usage different from formal style.In addition to general updating throughout, this new edition incorporates developments in phonology since the first edition appeared. It also includes a glossary of technical terms and visual aids to assist students with little background in linguistics..

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Charles W. Kreidler is Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. He is the co-author of a series of English textbooks and has been involved in the preparation of teachers of English as a second or foreign language in areas as widespread as the USA, Ecuador, Germany, South Africa and Japan.

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Charles W. Kreidler
Published by Wiley-Blackwell (1991)
ISBN 10: 0631162194 ISBN 13: 9780631162193
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