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Practice Book in English Phonetics and Phonology
Megjelenés éve: 2007
This book is intended for English Phonetics and Phonology seminars with university students who are taking a degree in English. It may also be used (selectively perhaps) in Teacher Training Colleges. There are twelve units, as the envisages course is a one-semester, 2-hour-per-week seminar. Each unit begins with an articulation exercise, including practice with minimal pairs. The second exercise is always a transcription task, introducing the student to standard Gimson- type IPA transcription. (The drawbacks of this transcription system are mentioned occasionally, but on the whole it is presented as a useful tool to be learnt.) The material only treats British English (also known as BBC pronunciation or RP), with occasional remarks on American English. The central exercise in each unit is on some problem of phonology (e.g. Trisyllabic Laxness, or Voicing Assimilation), or on Letter-to-Sound Rules, especially the pronunciation of the vowel-letters. In the last four units the problems come from the field of suprasegmentals: stress and intonation. There are plenty of exercises that may be given as homework, to ensure that the seminar is a real week-to-week workshop. The material is admittedly much more than can be covered in one semester, and it is left to the teacher to decide what to skip. Some exercises are not meant to be covered in class, but are offered to specially interested students, who may prepare them on a voluntary basis and discuss their findings with the teacher separately.