Describing Spoken English: An Introduction

Describing Spoken English: An Introduction

by Charles W. Kreidler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415150949

ISBN-13: 9780415150941

Pub. Date: 05/05/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Describing Spoken English provides a practical and descriptive introduction to the pronunciation of contemporary English. It presumes no prior knowledge of phonetics and phonology.
Charles Kreidler describes the principal varieties of English in the world today. Whilst concentrating on the phonological elements they share, the author sets out specific

Overview

Describing Spoken English provides a practical and descriptive introduction to the pronunciation of contemporary English. It presumes no prior knowledge of phonetics and phonology.
Charles Kreidler describes the principal varieties of English in the world today. Whilst concentrating on the phonological elements they share, the author sets out specific differences as minor variations on a theme. Although theoretically orientated towards generative phonology, theory is minimal and the book is clear, comprehensive and accessible to undergraduate and postgraduate students of linguistics and English Language. Numerous exercises are included to encourage further study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415150941
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/05/1997
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(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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