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Listening to the Past
Audio Records of Accents of English

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Part of Studies in English Language

Raymond Hickey, Jonathan Robinson, Anne Fabricius, Paul Kerswill, Eivind Torgersen, Kevin Watson, Lynn Clark, Jane Stuart-Smith, Eleanor Lawson, Matthew J. Gordon, Christopher Strelluf, Daniel Ezra Johnson, David Durian, Thomas Purnell, Eric Raimy, Joseph Salmons, Valerie Fridland, Tyler Kendall, Erik R. Thomas, Charles Boberg, Sandra Clarke, Paul De Decker, Gerard Van Herk, Shelome Gooden, Kathy-Ann Drayton, Magnus Huber, Ian Bekker, Daniel Schreier, Felicity Cox, Márton Sóskuthy, Jennifer Hay, Margaret Maclagan, Katie Drager, Paul Foulkes
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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107051577

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  • Audio recordings of English are available from the first half of the twentieth century and thus complement the written data sources for the recent history of the language. This book is the first to bring together a team of globally recognised scholars to document and analyse these early recordings in a single volume. Looking at examples of regional varieties of English from England, Scotland, Ireland, the USA, Canada and other anglophone countries, the volume explores both standard and vernacular varieties, and demonstrates how accents of English have changed between the late nineteenth century and the present day. The socio-phonetic examinations of the recordings will be of interest to scholars of historical linguistics, the history of the English language, language variation and change, phonetics, and phonology.

    • The first book to analyse early audio recordings of English in a single volume
    • The chapters provide examples of how acoustic socio-phonetics can be applied to analyse early recordings
    • Led by Raymond Hickey, a well-respected historical linguist and an established Cambridge author, with chapters by a range of globally recognised scholars
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    'This is a broad, ambitious, and enlightening use of previously untapped sources. The collection provides an exciting new dimension to the analysis of variation and change in twentieth-century English.' Donka Minkova, University of California, Los Angeles

    'This is the first major publication to tap the wealth of available archival sound recordings for the historical study of spoken English. The editor is to be commended for bringing together a strong line-up of experts and for covering British and American English as well as several New Englishes.' Christian Mair, University of Freiburg

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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107051577
    • length: 606 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.08kg
    • contains: 135 b/w illus. 14 maps 67 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Analysing early audio recordings Raymond Hickey
    2. British Library sound recordings of vernacular speech Jonathan Robinson
    3. Twentieth-century received pronunciation: prevocalic /r/ Anne Fabricius
    4. Twentieth-century received pronunciation: stop articulation Raymond Hickey
    5. Early London English Paul Kerswill and Eivind Torgersen
    6. Merseyside Kevin Watson and Lynn Clark
    7. Scotland - Glasgow and the Central Belt Jane Stuart-Smith and Eleanor Lawson
    8. Early recordings of Irish English Raymond Hickey
    9. Evidence of American regional dialects in early recordings Matthew J. Gordon and Christopher Strelluf
    10. New England Daniel Ezra Johnson and David Durian
    11. Upper Midwestern English Thomas Purnell, Eric Raimy and Joseph Salmons
    12. Western United States Valerie Fridland and Tyler Kendall
    13. Analysis of the ex-slave recordings Erik R. Thomas
    14. Archival data on earlier Canadian English Charles Boberg
    15. Canadian raising in Newfoundland? Sandra Clarke, Paul De Decker and Gerard Van Herk
    16. The Caribbean Shelome Gooden and Kathy-Ann Drayton
    17. West Africa Magnus Huber
    18. Earlier South Africa English Ian Bekker
    19. Tristan da Cunha Daniel Schreier
    20. Australia Felicity Cox
    21. Early New Zealand English: the closing diphthongs Márton Sóskuthy, Jennifer Hay, Margaret Maclagan, Katie Drager and Paul Foulkes
    22. The development of recording technology Raymond Hickey.

  • Editor

    Raymond Hickey, Universität Duisburg–Essen
    Raymond Hickey is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. His main research interests are varieties of English (especially Irish English and Dublin English) and general questions of language contact, variation and change. Among his recent book publications are Irish English: History and Present-Day Forms (Cambridge, 2007), The Handbook of Language Contact (2010), Eighteenth-Century English (Cambridge, 2010) and The Sound Structure of Modern Irish (2014).

    Contributors

    Raymond Hickey, Jonathan Robinson, Anne Fabricius, Paul Kerswill, Eivind Torgersen, Kevin Watson, Lynn Clark, Jane Stuart-Smith, Eleanor Lawson, Matthew J. Gordon, Christopher Strelluf, Daniel Ezra Johnson, David Durian, Thomas Purnell, Eric Raimy, Joseph Salmons, Valerie Fridland, Tyler Kendall, Erik R. Thomas, Charles Boberg, Sandra Clarke, Paul De Decker, Gerard Van Herk, Shelome Gooden, Kathy-Ann Drayton, Magnus Huber, Ian Bekker, Daniel Schreier, Felicity Cox, Márton Sóskuthy, Jennifer Hay, Margaret Maclagan, Katie Drager, Paul Foulkes

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