Accents of English:
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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accents of English adoptive RP affrication allophones alveolar areas bath words Beaken Belfast Bertz broad Cockney Cardiff central characteristic Cockney consonant contrast dental dialect diphthong distinct Dublin speech England environment Epenthesis example FACE and GOAT fleece FOOT FOOT-STRUT Split fricative front Gaelic Glottalling GOOSE H Dropping homophones hypercorrection intervocalic Irish accents Irish English lexical incidence lexical set long vowel mainstream RP merged Merger middle north middle-class midlands minimal pairs monophthongs mouth nasal Near-RP neutralization NURSE occur opposition particularly phonetic phonetic quality phonological plosives possible prevocalic pronounced pronunciation realization rhotic rhyme RP speakers rural Scotland Scots Scottish English Scouse short vowel Sivertsen social standard accents starting-point stressed STRUT syllable traditional-dialect TRAP typically U-RP Ulster unrounded unstressed urban usually uvular variable variants velar Vocalization vocoid voiced voiceless vowel system Wales Welsh English west country working-class Yod Coalescence Yod Dropping Yorkshire