Transcribing the Sound of English: A Phonetics Workbook for Words and Discourse

Transcribing the Sound of English: A Phonetics Workbook for Words and Discourse

by Paul Tench


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Do you have a fear of transcription? Are you daunted by the prospect of learning and handling unfamiliar symbols? This workbook is for students who are new to linguistics and phonetics, and offers a didactic approach to the study and transcription of the words, rhythm and intonation of English. It can be used independently or in class and covers all the pronunciation details of words, phrases, rhythm and intonation. Progress is deliberately gentle with plenty of explanations, examples and 'can't go wrong' exercises. It includes a CD of audio recordings of authentic speech, which provides back-up throughout. The CD also introduces students to variations in accents, with eleven different speakers. Going beyond the transcription of words, the book also ventures into real discourse with the simplification systems of colloquial English speech, rhythm and intonation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107000193
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2011
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Paul Tench is a Research Associate at the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Words ... : Why transcribe?; 1. Vowels; 2. Consonants; 3. Word stress; 4. Allophones; 5. Accents; 6. Phrases; Part II. ... and Discourse: 7. Rhythm; 8. Intonation: tonality; 9. Intonation: tonicity; 10. Intonation: tone; 11. Intonation: secondary tone; 12. Intonation.

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