Introduction to English Phonetics

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Edinburgh University Press, 6 de febr. 2017 - 240 pàgines
The second edition of this distinguished textbook introduces undergraduates to the concepts, terminology and representations needed for an understanding of how English is pronounced around the world. Assuming no prior knowledge, this textbook guides the reader through the vocal tract and explains how the sounds of speech are made, offering an accessible and expanded introduction to areas including transcription, vowels and acoustic analysis. As far as possible, it uses naturally-occurring conversational speech so that readers are familiar with the details of everyday talk (and not just the careful pronunciations presented in dictionaries.) The book also includes a new concluding chapter that works through a piece of spoken data to show the reader how a more complete phonetic analysis can be conducted. Examples are taken from around the English-speaking world, including North America, Australia, New Zealand and varieties of British English. The book takes an open-minded approach to what sounds of English might be significant for making meaning, and highlights the significance of word meaning, morphology, sociolinguistics and conversational interaction in phonetic analysis.
 

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Continguts

1 Introduction to phonetics
1
2 Overview of the human speech mechanism
7
3 Representing the sounds of speech
20
4 The larynx voicing and voice quality
42
5 Vowels
58
6 Approximants
80
7 Plosives
98
8 Fricatives
120
10 Glottalic and velaric airstreams
156
11 Sounds and structures
172
12 Conclusion
195
Glossary
198
Discussion of the exercises
206
Further reading
212
Index
217
Copyright

9 Nasals
140

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