Sound Structure of English: An Introduction [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Sound Structure of English: An Introduction

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Overview

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, featuring solutions to the exercises and useful additional resources. 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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"Overall, the book provides a good coverage of some of the main topics in English phonetics and phonology and should be lauded for its student friendly organization and content."
-Marie Ploquin, University of Quebec in Montreal
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Meet the Author

Chris McCully is a Lecturer at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. His recent publications include Generative Theory and Corpus Studies (edited with Otéro, Denison and Hogg, 2000) and The Earliest English (with Sharon Hilles, 2005).

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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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