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Sounds Fascinating; Further Observations on English Phonetics and Phonology

Sounds Fascinating; Further Observations on English Phonetics and Phonology ISBN: 9781316610367
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Sounds Fascinating; Further Observations on English Phonetics and Phonology

Series: Language and Linguistics
Author: Wells, John
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781316610367
Publication Date: 2016
Level: Native Speaker / Teacher
Publishers' UK Price: £20.99
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• Covers the pronunciation of particular words (including proper names) and other topics in the phonetics of English, including prosody (stress and intonation) and sociolinguistic variation (accents)
• Engages those who are studying, or who have studied, phonetics or English at university level, because it is based on sound scholarship but is written in an entertaining and informal style
• Discusses topics in general phonetics (with reference to many different languages) and in the description and transcription of speech sounds, both familiar and exotic
• Examines topics in the pronunciation of many different languages around the world, and casts unexpected light on topics of phonetic interest
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Part I. Words, Names, People and Places:
1. Unusual words
2. Food and drink words
3. Interesting words
4. Names
5. People
6. Places
7. Abroad
8. Home from abroad

Part II. Sounds and Letters:
9. Allophones
10. Phonetic processes
11. Spelling
12. Transcription

Part III. Applied Phonetics:
13. Classification
14. EFL
15. Accents
16. Lexical stress
17. Connected speech
18. Texts in transcription

Part IV. Roundup:
19. Rhetoric
20. Language mosaic
21. Postscript.
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