Elements of English: Palatal Sounds [NOOK Book]

Overview

Learning to pronounce English words is difficult, because often the letters used to spell them do not correspond to the sounds. For instance, the word "special" sounds like "speshul".

The same spelling isn't always pronounced the same way. The letter "t" in "motion", "patient", "potential" sounds like "sh". But in words like "nature", "question", "righteous", it sounds like the "ch" in "church".

The letter "s"...

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Elements of English: Palatal Sounds

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Overview

Learning to pronounce English words is difficult, because often the letters used to spell them do not correspond to the sounds. For instance, the word "special" sounds like "speshul".

The same spelling isn't always pronounced the same way. The letter "t" in "motion", "patient", "potential" sounds like "sh". But in words like "nature", "question", "righteous", it sounds like the "ch" in "church".

The letter "s" in "compulsion" and "tension" sounds like "sh", but in "closure", "Polynesia", "vision", it sounds like the letter j in French.

Some words change their spelling when "-ion" is added. Letter "d" can become "s" or "ss". So "divide" becomes "division", and "proceed" becomes "procession". Others are harder to predict: "distinguish" becomes "distinction", and "recognize" becomes "recognition".

The sh, j, ch and French j sounds described above are called palatals. This book teaches the principles of when these palatals occur and how they are pronounced. Where there are principles behind spelling changes, it teaches them too. A reference section at the end teaches those spelling changes which must simply be memorized.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011274251
  • Publisher: Raymond Long
  • Publication date: 4/13/2011
  • Series: Elements of English
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 518 KB

Meet the Author

Raymond Long was born and grew up in England. He has degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics, both from English universities. During his scientific career he worked in university and research council laboratories, two agencies of the British government, and private industry. He is now a full time author and editor. He has lived in Switzerland and Spain, but has now returned to his native England.
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