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Sound Patterns of Spoken English

ISBN: 978-0-631-23079-3
168 pages
January 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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Sound Patterns of Spoken English is a concise, to-the-point compendium of information about the casual pronunciation of everyday English as compared to formal citation forms.
  • Concise, to-the-point compendium of information about casual pronunciation of English as compared to citation forms.
  • Covers varieties of English language including General American and Standard Southern British.
  • Overlaps the boundaries of several areas of study including sociolinguistics, lexicography, rhetoric, and speech sciences.
  • Examines English pronunciation as found in everyday speech.
  • Accompanied by website at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/shockey featuring examples from different accents.
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List of Figures and Tables.

Preface.

1 Setting the Stage.

1.1 Phonetics or Phonology?

1.2 Fast Speech?

2 Processes in Conversational English.

2.1 The Vulnerability Hierarchy.

2.2 Reduction Processes in English.

2.3 Stress as a Conditioning Factor.

2.4 Syllabic Conditioning Factors.

2.5 Other Processes.

2.6 Icons.

2.7 Weak Forms?

2.8 Combinations of these Processes.

3 Attempts at Phonological Explanation.

3.1 Past Work on Conversational Phonology.

3.2 Natural Phonology.

3.3 Variable Rules.

3.4 More on Rule Order.

3.5 Attempts in the 1990s.

3.6 And into the New Millennium.

4 Experimental Studies in Casual Speech.

4.1 Production of Casual Speech.

4.2 Perception of Casual Speech.

5 Applications.

5.1 Phonology.

5.2 First and Second Language Acquisition.

5.3 Interacting with Computers.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Linda Shockey is Lecturer in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at the University of Reading. She specializes in acoustic and articulatory phonetics and phonology and is co-editor of In Honor of Ilse Lehiste (1988).
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  • Concise, to-the-point compendium of information about casual pronunciation of English as compared to citation forms.
  • Covers varieties of English language including General American and Standard Southern British.
  • Overlaps the boundaries of several areas of study including sociolinguistics, lexicography, rhetoric, and speech sciences.
  • Examines English pronunciation as found in everyday speech.
  • Accompanied by website at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/shockey featuring examples from different accents.
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"…the detailed information that is densely packed into this quite short text will be appreciated by many phoneticians, who will find it an exceptionally useful summary of the processes that affect conversational speech and the contexts under which they are most likely to occur." (Journal of the International Phonetic Association)

"This is an excellent book that gives a true account of what English speech is really like."
Gerry Knowles, University of Lancaster

"Linda Shockey addresses questions of interest to nearly every phonetician and phonologist, providing extensive examples of attested conversational reductions in numerous dialects of English. By presenting the reductions along with their linguistic conditioning factors, she strikes a forceful blow against the belief that casual speech is simply sloppy speech. Sound Patterns of Spoken English will be of interest to theoretical phonologists and experimental phoneticians, as well as researchers in speech perception, language acquisition and speech technology."
Lisa Lavoie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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