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Accents of English : Accents of English: Volume 2 British Isles v. 2 - John C. Wells

Accents of English

Accents of English: Volume 2 British Isles v. 2

Paperback Published: 7th June 1982
ISBN: 9780521285407
Number Of Pages: 212

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Accents of English is about the way English is pronounced by different people in different places. Volume 1 provides a synthesizing introduction, which shows how accents vary not only geographically, but also with social class, formality, sex and age; and in volumes 2 and 3 the author examines in greater depth the various accents used by people who speak English as their mother tongue: the accents of the regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland (volume 2), and of the USA, Canada, the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Black Africa and the Far East (volume 3). Each volume can be read independently, and together they form a major scholarly survey, of considerable originality, which not only includes descriptions of hitherto neglected accents, but also examines the implications for phonological theory. Readers will find the answers to many questions: Who makes 'good' rhyme with 'mood'? Which accents have no voiced sibilants? How is a Canadian accent different from an American one, a New Zealand one from an Australian one, a Jamaican one from a Barbadian one? What are the historical reasons for British-American pronunciation differences? What sound changes are currently in progress in New York, in London, in Edinburgh? Dr Wells his written principally for students of linguistics, phonetics and English language, but the motivated general reader will also find the study both fascinating and rewarding.

Volume III: Beyond the British Isles: Preface
Typographical conventions and phonetic symbols
North America
GenAm revisited
New York City
New England
The south
Black English
The West Indies
General characteristics of Caribbean English
Individual territories
The Southern Hemisphere
New Zealand
South Africa
The Imperial Legacy
The Far East
Sources and further reading
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521285407
ISBN-10: 0521285402
Series: Accents of English : Book 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 7th June 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 14.17  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.29