The Sound Structure of English: An Introduction

The Sound Structure of English: An Introduction

by Chris McCully
     
 

The Sound Structure of English provides a clear introduction to English phonetics and phonology. Tailored to suit the needs of individual, one-term course modules, it assumes no prior knowledge of the subject, and presents the basic facts in a straightforward manner, making it the ideal text for beginners. Students are guided step-by-step through the main concepts and… See more details below

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The Sound Structure of English provides a clear introduction to English phonetics and phonology. Tailored to suit the needs of individual, one-term course modules, it assumes no prior knowledge of the subject, and presents the basic facts in a straightforward manner, making it the ideal text for beginners. Students are guided step-by-step through the main concepts and techniques of phonetic and phonological analysis, aided by concise chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading, and a comprehensive glossary of all the terms introduced. Each chapter is accompanied by an engaging set of exercises and discussion questions, encouraging students to consolidate and develop their learning, and providing essential self-study material. The book is accompanied by a companion website, which helps readers to work through specified in-chapter problems, suggests answers to end-of-chapter exercises, and contains links to other sites of interest to those working on English sound-structure. Providing the essential knowledge and skills for those embarking on the study of English sounds, it is set to become the leading introduction to the field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521615495
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to the English Language Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures

1 Introduction 1

2 Consonants (1): contrastiveness 19

3 Consonants (2): classification 34

4 Consonants (3): distribution 51

5 Syllables (1): introduction 62

6 Syllables (2): constituents 74

7 Syllables (3): structure 91

8 Vowels (1): short vowels 107

9 Vowels (2): long vowels and diphthongs 127

10 Vowels (3): variation 148

11 Problems, theories and representations 180

App The IPA chart 212

Glossary 213

References 227

Index of topics 230

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