An Introduction to English Phonology (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language)
By: April M. S. McMahon (author)Paperback
An Introduction to English Phonology introduces undergraduates to the basic tools and concepts necessary for the outline description of English phonological systems and processes. By working through the book and the various exercises included, students should come to understand the need for a dedicated system of description and transcription for speech sounds, and for a degree of phonological abstraction. They should learn to carry out elementary, broad phonetic transcription, and be able to establish contrastive vowel and consonant systems for their own varieties and to express simple generalisations reflecting the productive and predictable patterns of English sounds. * designed for a one-term or one-semester introductory course in English Language * suitable for both native and non-native speakers of English * emphasis on varieties of modern English around the world * an essentially theory-neutral approach, with the concepts central to the practice of phonology clearly explained
April McMahon is Head of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. She has research interests in phonological theory and in the history and varieties of English, and her previous books include Understanding Language Change, Lexical Phonology and the History of English and Change, Chance, and Optimality.
1. Sounds, spellings and symbols; 2. The phoneme: the same but different; 3. Describing English consonants; 4. Defining distributions: consonant allophones; 5. Criteria for contrast: the phoneme system; 6. Describing vowels; 7. Vowel phonemes; 8. Variation across accents; 9. Syllables; 10. The word and above.
Number Of Pages:
- ID: 9780748612512
- Saver Delivery: Yes
- 1st Class Delivery: Yes
- Courier Delivery: Yes
- Store Delivery: Yes
Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly
© Copyright 2013 - 2017 WHSmith and its suppliers.
WHSmith High Street Limited Greenbridge Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, SN3 3LD, VAT GB238 5548 36