The Pronunciation of English: A Course Book / Edition 2

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $111.11
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 25%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $111.11   
  • New (7) from $111.11   
  • Used (1) from $149.94   


This revised second edition provides an introduction to the phonetics and phonology of English. It incorporates all central aspects of research in the phonology of English and involves the reader at every step, with over 80 exercises leading students to discover facts, to formulate general statements, and to apply concepts.

  • Discusses the nature of speech and phonetic description, the principles of phonological analysis, the consonants and vowels of English and their possible sequences.
  • Provides extensive treatment of rhythm, stress, and intonation and the role of these prosodic elements in discourse.
  • Includes more than 80 exercises with feedback and glossary of technical terms.
  • Incorporates developments in phonology since the first edition appeared.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A must for the professional teacher of English as a second language and the serious student. This book offers a comprehensive snapshot of all the aspects of English sound patterns and provides a solid grounding in pronunciation." Steven Donahue, Language Magazine and Miami-Dade College
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405113359
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/2/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles W. Kreidler is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Georgetown University. His publications include The Dynamics of Language (co-author, 1971), Introducing English Semantics (1998), and Phonology: Critical Concepts (edited, 6 volumes, 2000).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
About this Book
1 Language and Speech 1
2 Sound ... and Voice 13
3 Consonants 30
4 Vowels and Glides 45
5 Syllables and Stress 68
6 Phonotactics 88
7 Consonant and Vowel Variation 108
8 Some Consequences of Phonotactics 124
9 The Rhythm of English Speech 140
10 Intonation 163
11 Predicting Word Stress 179
12 Prefixes, Compound Words, and Phrases 200
13 Phonological Processes in Speech 223
14 Phonological Processes and the Lexicon 242
App A List of Word-endings and their Effects on Stress 273
Glossary of Technical Terms 284
Bibliography 296
Index 303
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)