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Accents of English

Accents of English

Volume 2

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  • Date Published: April 1982
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521285407

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  • Accents of English is about the way English is pronounced by different people in different places. Volume 1 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, the 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. Readers will find the answers to many questions: Who makes 'good' rhyme with 'mood'? Which accents have no voiced sibilants? How is a Canadian accent different from an American one, a New Zealand one from an Australian one, a Jamaican one from a Barbadian one? What are the historical reasons for British-American pronunciation differences? What sound changes are currently in progress in New York, in London, in Edinburgh? Dr Wells his written principally for students of linguistics, phonetics and English language, but the motivated general reader will also find the study both fascinating and rewarding.

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    • Date Published: April 1982
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521285407
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 142 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume II: The British Isles: Preface
    Typographical conventions and phonetic symbols
    Part IV. England:
    12. RP revisited
    13. London
    14. The south
    15. The north
    Part V. The Celtic Countries:
    16. Wales
    17. Scotland
    18. Ireland
    Sources and further reading
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    John C. Wells, University College London

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