The newest volume in David Crystal's pentalogy of the English language, focusing on the subtleties of pronunciation.
It's not what you say, it's the way that you say it ...
There have long been debates about 'correct' pronunciation in the English language, and Britain's most distinguished linguistic expert, David Crystal, is here to set the record straight. Sounds Appealing tells us exactly why, and how, we pronounce words as we do.
Pronunciation is integral to communication, and is tailored to meet the demands of the two main forces behind language: intelligibility and identity. Equipping his readers with knowledge of phonetics, linguistics and physiology - with examples ranging from Eliza Doolittle to Winston Churchill - David Crystal explores the origins of regional accents, how they are influenced by class and education, and how their peculiarities have changed over time.
About the Author
David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. His many books range from clinical linguistics to the liturgy and Shakespeare. He is the author of The Story of English in 100 Words, Spell It Out: The Singular History of English Spelling, and Making a Point: The Pernickety History of English Punctuation , all published by Profile. His Stories of English is a Penguin Classic.
Previous praise for David Crystal:
Crystal's book is full of distractions and delights * Daily Express *
Refreshing and briskly written ... Crystal shows that grammar is not nearly as tedious as it can seem * Sunday Times *
If the history of language is a sort of labyrinth, David Crystal is an excellent guide * The Age, Australia *
Delicious revelations ... Crystal does an excellent job, not just of tracing the etymology of a word, but of relating it to social history, painting a picture of our times through words * Independent on Sunday *