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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Overview

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

1. THE PRONUNCIATION OF ENGLISH

Dialects; English outside of England; Differences and Commonalities; Plan of this Book

2. SPEECH

The Nature of Sound; Speech; Consonants; Vowels; Syllables and Prosodic Features

3. THE STRUCTURE OF LANGUAGE

Units of Language; Knowing One's Native Language; Phonemes

4. ENGLISH CONSONANTS

Distinctive Features; Consonant Allophones

5. ENGLISH VOWELS

Dialect Differences; A General Inventory of Vowels; Vowel Inventories of Specific English Dialects

6.

SYLLABLES

The Structure of a Syllable; Consonants in Clusters; Inflections

7. STRONG AND WEAK SYLLABLES

Accent and Stress; Weak Syllables; Variation in Weak Syllables

8. WORD STRESS

The Phonological Structure of Words: Stress Patterns; The

Morphological Structure of Words; Rules for Stress in Simple Words

9. STRESS IN COMPOUND WORDS AND PHRASES

Noun Phrases and Noun Compounds; Adjective and Adverb Constructions; Compounds in Phrases and Larger Compounds; Verb Phrases and Verb Compounds

10. THE ROLE OF

ACCENT IN DISCOURSE

The Structure of a Tone Unit; Tonality; Tonicity

11. INTONATION

Paralanguage; Intonations of the Simple Tone Unit; Low and High Onsets; Compound Tunes

12. MORPHEMES THAT VARY IN FORM

Phonologically Conditioned Alternations;

Morphological Conditioning; Another Past Tense Suffix

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