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Describing Spoken English : An Introduction

Describing Spoken English : An Introduction - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415150958

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Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 1997
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Describing Spoken English : An Introduction - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415150958

Charles W. Kreidler

ISBN13: 978-0415150958
ISBN10: 0415150957
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

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.


Table of Contents

1. THE PRONUNCIATION OF ENGLISH

Dialects
English outside of England
Differences and Commonalities
Plan of this Book

2. SPEECH

The Nature of Sound
Speech
Consonants
Vowels
Syllables and Prosodic Features

3. THE STRUCTURE OF LANGUAGE

Units of Language
Knowing One's Native Language
Phonemes

4. ENGLISH CONSONANTS

Distinctive Features
Consonant Allophones

5. ENGLISH VOWELS

Dialect Differences
A General Inventory of Vowels
Vowel Inventories of Specific English Dialects

6. SYLLABLES

The Structure of a Syllable
Consonants in Clusters
Inflections

7. STRONG AND WEAK SYLLABLES

Accent and Stress
Weak Syllables
Variation in Weak Syllables

8. WORD STRESS

The Phonological Structure of Words: Stress Patterns
The Morphological Structure of Words
Rules for Stress in Simple Words

9. STRESS IN COMPOUND WORDS AND PHRASES

Noun Phrases and Noun Compounds
Adjective and Adverb Constructions
Compounds in Phrases and Larger Compounds
Verb Phrases and Verb Compounds

10. THE ROLE OF ACCENT IN DISCOURSE

The Structure of a Tone Unit
Tonality
Tonicity

11. INTONATION

Paralanguage
Intonations of the Simple Tone Unit
Low and High Onsets
Compound Tunes

12. MORPHEMES THAT VARY IN FORM

Phonologically Conditioned Alternations
Morphological Conditioning
Another Past Tense Suffix

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