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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.
|Symbols and typographic conventions|
|1||The pronunciation of English||1|
|3||The structure of language||33|
|7||Strong and weak syllables||101|
|9||Stress in compound words and phrases||143|
|10||The role of accent in discourse||161|
|12||Morphemes that vary in form||195|
|Feedback on exercises||212|