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Accents of English

Accents of English
Beyond the British Isles

Volume 3

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  • Date Published: April 1982
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521285414

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  • 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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    • Date Published: April 1982
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521285414
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume III: Beyond the British Isles: Preface
    Typographical conventions and phonetic symbols
    Part VI. North America:
    19. GenAm revisited
    20. Canada
    21. New York City
    22. New England
    23. The south
    24. Black English
    Part VII. The West Indies:
    25. General characteristics of Caribbean English
    26. Individual territories
    Part VIII. The Southern Hemisphere:
    27. Australia
    28. New Zealand
    29. South Africa
    Part IX. The Imperial Legacy:
    30. India
    31. Africa
    32. The Far East
    Sources and further reading
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    J. C. Wells, University College London

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