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Accents of English

Accents of English

Volume 1

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  • Date Published: April 1982
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521297196

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  • Accents of English is about the way English is pronounced by different people in diffeent places. Volume I provides a synthesizing introduction, which shows how accents vary not only geographically, but also with social class, formality, sex and age; and in volumes 2 and 3 the author examines in greater depth the various accents used by people who speak English as their mother tongue: the accents of the regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland (volume 2), and of the USA, Canada, and West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Black Africa and the Far East (volume 3). Each volume can be read independently, and together they form a major scholarly survey of considerable originality, which not only includes descriptions of hitherto neglected accents, but also examines the implications for phonological theory.

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    • Date Published: April 1982
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521297196
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 139 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume I: An Introduction: Preface
    Typographical conventions and phonetic symbols
    Part I. Aspects of Accent:
    1. Linguistic and social variability
    2. Accent phonology
    3. How accents differ
    4. Why accents differ
    Part II. Sets and Systems:
    5. The reference accents
    6. Standard lexical sets
    7. Systems: a typology
    Part III. Developments and Processes:
    8. Residualisms
    9. British prestige innovations
    10. Some American innovations
    11. Some further British innovations
    Sources and further reading
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    John C. Wells, University College London

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