Describing Spoken English: An Introduction / Edition 1

Describing Spoken English: An Introduction / Edition 1

by Charles W. Kreidler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415150957

ISBN-13: 9780415150958

Pub. Date: 05/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Describing Spoken English provides a practical introduction to the pronunciation of contemporary English. Requiring no prior knowledge of phonetics or phonology, the book examines the main varieties of English, focusing on the elements common to all

native-speaker varieties and presents the differences as minor variations on a theme.

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Describing Spoken English provides a practical introduction to the pronunciation of contemporary English. Requiring no prior knowledge of phonetics or phonology, the book examines the main varieties of English, focusing on the elements common to all

native-speaker varieties and presents the differences as minor variations on a theme.

The book is divided into twelve chapters which cover speech production, principles of phonological analysis, consonants, the vowel systems of different varieties of the language, syllable

structure, strong and weak syllables, phonological processes in connected speech, stress in simple words and compounds, tone units and utterances, the role of accent in discourse, and the interrelations of morphology and phonology. Presented in an accessible jargon-free style,

Describing Spoken English will be essential for all students of the English language and linguistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415150958
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Series:
Routledge Grammar Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Symbols and typographic conventions
1The pronunciation of English1
2Speech13
3The structure of language33
4English consonants49
5English vowels65
6Syllables85
7Strong and weak syllables101
8Word stress123
9Stress in compound words and phrases143
10The role of accent in discourse161
11Intonation177
12Morphemes that vary in form195
Feedback on exercises212
Bibliography225
Index231

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