English Phonetics and Phonology: An Introduction / Edition 1

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This volume is perfect for introductory level students of English phonetics and phonology. Presupposing no previous knowledge of either phonetics or phonology, it presents the subject with a minimum of technical terminology.
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"Philip Carr's book provides an approachable overview of English sound structure, from consonant to and vowel articulation through phonemes, syllable structure and word stress to rhythm, connected speech and intonation. The excellent range of exercises will allow students to make steady progress from segment to sentence, while a final chapter and appendix provide a well-illustrated survey of accent variation." April McMahon, Times Higher Education Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631197768
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Carr is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at the Universite Paul Valery, Montpelier, France.
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Table of Contents

Preface for Teachers.

Preface for Students.


Figure 1: The Origins of Speech.

Figure 2: The International Phonetic Alphabet.

Part I: English Phonetics: Consonants (i):.

Airstream and Articulation.

Place of Articulation.

Manner of Articulation: Stops, Fricatives and Approximants.


Part II: English Phonetics: Consonants (ii):.

Central vs Lateral.

Taps and Trills.

Secondary Articulation.



Nasal Stops.


Part III: English Phonetics: Vowels (i):.

The Primary Cardinal Vowels.

RP and GA Short Vowels.


Part IV: English Phonetics: Vowels (ii):.

RP Long Vowels.

RP Diphthongs.


Part V: The Phonemic Principle:.

Introduction: 'Linguistic Knowledge'.

Contrast vs Predictability: the Phoneme.

Phonemes, Allophones and Contexts.

Summing up.


Part VI: English Phonemes:.

English Consonant Phonemes.

The Phonological Form of Morphemes.

English Vowel Phonemes.


Part VII: English Syllable Structure:.


Constituency in Syllable Structure.

The Sonority Hierarchy, Maximal Onset and Syllable Weight.

Language-specific Phonotactics.

Syllable Consonants and Phonotactics.

Syllable-based Generalisations.

Morphological Structure, Syllable Structure and Resyllabification.

Summing up.


Part VIII: English Word Stress:.

Introduction: Is English Word stress Predictable?.

Word Stress Assignment, Syntactic Category, and Syllable Structure.

Word Stress Assignment and Morphological Structure.

Compound Words.


Part IX: The Rhythm of English:.

The Foot.

Phonological Generalisations and Foot Structure.

The Rhythm of English: Stress Timing and Eurythmy.


Part X: Connected Speech and Intonation:.

Reduction, Assimilation and Elision.

Insertion of Intonation: Its Form.

Tone Groups.

The Functions of Intonation.

Part XI: Variation in English Accents:.


Systemic vs Realisational Differences between Accents.

Perceptual and Articulatory Space.

Differences in the Lexical Distribution of Phonemes.


Appendix: General Australian English: Defining the General Australian English accent.

General Australian Vowels.

General Australian Consonants.

London English: Identifying London English.

London English vowels.

London English Consonants.

New York City English: Defining New York City English.

New York City Vowels.

New York City Consonants.

Scottish Standard English and Lowland Scots:.

Defining SSE and Lowland Scots.

SSE Vowels.

SSE Consonants.

Vowels in the Lowland Scots Dialect.

Tyneside English: Defining the Tyneside English Accents.

Tyneside Vowels.

Tyneside Consonants.

An Overview of some Common Phenomena found in Accent Variation.

Suggestions for Further Reading.


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