Studies in the Pronunciation of English: A Commemorative Volume in Honour of A.C. Gimson

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Susan Ramsaran
Routledge, Jul 3, 2015 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 380 pages

First published in 1990, this collection celebrates the life and work of Professor A. C. Gimson, four years after his untimely death in 1985. A. C. Gimson, Professor of Phonetics at University College London, 1966-83, was the most distinguished and influential phonetician of his day concentrating specifically on English speech. This collection of essays on phonetics and phonology of English- written by linguists from all over the world – celebrates his life and work.

The work is divided into five sections: prosody; phonology and phonetic description; accents of English and RP; other accents of English (focusing on those non-native speakers); and phonostylistics. The twenty-eight chapters cover a very wide range of topics and the contributors offer a stimulating variety of approaches, with the emphasis on data-based objectivity. Balancing description and theory with application, this volume provides a serious and coherent contribution to the academic study of English pronunciation.


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Gimson and the pronunciation of English
Nucleus placement and three classes of exception
Focus and tone in English intonation
Intonation structures and pragmatic interpretation
Some notes on rhythm in English
Phonology and phonetic description of segmental
Syllabification and allophony
Derived phonological contrasts
Quantity and quality in British and American vowel systems
Some vowel systems in American English
12The development of pronunciation in English language

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