Sound Patterns English by Linda Shockey

Sound Patterns English

Linda Shockey
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“Sound Patterns of Spoken English” is a concise, to-the-point compendium of information about the casual pronunciation of everyday English as compared to formal citation forms. Concise, to-the-point compendium of information about casual pronunciation of English as compared to citation forms. Covers varieties of English language including General American and Standard Southern British. Overlaps the boundaries of several areas of study including sociolinguistics, lexicography, rhetoric,“ ” and speech sciences. Examines English pronunciation as found in everyday speech. Accompanied by website at featuring examples from different accents.

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Sound Patterns of Spoken English is a concise, to-the-point compendium of information about the casual pronunciation of everyday English as compared to formal citation forms. The book examines changes that occur to certain sounds and in certain parts of words and syllables in the casual, unmonitored speech of native English speakers. It outlines major phonological processes found in conversational English; reviews and criticizes attempts to include these processes in phonological theory; and surveys experimental approaches to explaining casual English pronunciation. Among the varieties of English covered are General American and Standard Southern British, but many other accents are mentioned, especially those of mainland Britain. Sound Patterns of Spoken English is of interest to students and scholars in a wide variety of fields, including sociolinguistics, lexicography, rhetoric, language learning and speech sciences, and has an accompanying website - http://www. blackwellpublishing. com/shockey - with examples from different accents.

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'This is an excellent book that gives a true account of what English speech is really like.' Gerry Knowles, University of Lancaster 'Linda Shockey addresses questions of interest to nearly every phonetician and phonologist, providing extensive examples of attested conversational reductions in numerous dialects of English. By presenting the reductions along with their linguistic conditioning factors, she strikes a forceful blow against the belief that casual speech is simply sloppy speech. Sound Patterns of Spoken English will be of interest to theoretical phonologists and experimental phoneticians, as well as researchers in speech perception, language acquisition and speech technology.' Lisa Lavoie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology “...the detailed information that is densely packed into this quite short text will be appreciated by many phoneticians, who will find it an exceptionally useful summary of the processes that affect conversational speech and the contexts under which they are most likely to occur.” Journal of the International Phonetic Association

Author Biography

Linda Shockey is Lecturer in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at the University of Reading. She specialises in acoustic and articulatory phonetics and aspects of phonology, such as online phonology, and the phonotaxis of syllables. She co-editor of In Honor of Ilse Lehiste, (1988).

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