Describing Spoken English: An Introduction

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415150941
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/5/1997
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Symbols and typographic conventions
1 The pronunciation of English 1
2 Speech 13
3 The structure of language 33
4 English consonants 49
5 English vowels 65
6 Syllables 85
7 Strong and weak syllables 101
8 Word stress 123
9 Stress in compound words and phrases 143
10 The role of accent in discourse 161
11 Intonation 177
12 Morphemes that vary in form 195
Feedback on exercises 212
Bibliography 225
Index 231
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