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Describing Spoken English : An Introduction - Charles W. Kreidler

Describing Spoken English

An Introduction

Hardcover Published: 10th April 1997
ISBN: 9780415150941
Number Of Pages: 252

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"Describing Spoken English" provides a practical introduction to the pronunciation of contemporary English. Requiring no prior knowledge of phonetics or phonology, the book examines the main varieties of English, focusing on the elements common to all native-speaker varieties and presents the differences as minor variations on a theme.
The book is divided into twelve chapters which cover speech production, principles of phonological analysis, consonants, the vowel systems of different varieties of the language, syllable structure, strong and weak syllables, phonological processes in connected speech, stress in simple words and compounds, tone units and utterances, the role of accent in discourse, and the interrelations of morphology and phonology. Presented in an accessible jargon-free style, "Describing Spoken English" will be essential for all students of the English language and linguistics.

Symbols and typographic conventions
The pronunciation of Englishp. 1
Speechp. 13
The structure of languagep. 33
English consonantsp. 49
English vowelsp. 65
Syllablesp. 85
Strong and weak syllablesp. 101
Word stressp. 123
Stress in compound words and phrasesp. 143
The role of accent in discoursep. 161
Intonationp. 177
Morphemes that vary in formp. 195
Feedback on exercisesp. 212
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780415150941
ISBN-10: 0415150949
Series: Routledge Grammar
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 10th April 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1