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The Handbook of English Pronunciation

The Handbook of English Pronunciation

Marnie Reed, John Levis

ISBN: 978-1-118-34680-8

Apr 2015, Wiley-Blackwell

552 pages



The Handbook of English Pronunciation presents a comprehensive exploration of English pronunciation with essential topics for applied linguistics researchers and teachers, including language acquisition, varieties of English, historical perspectives, accent’s changing role, and connections to discourse, technology, and pedagogy.

  • Provides thorough descriptions of all elements of English pronunciation
  • Features contributions from a global list of authors, reflecting the finest scholarship available
  • Explores a careful balance of issues and topics important to both researchers and teachers
  • Provides a historical understanding of the importance of pronunciation and examines some of the major ways English is pronounced today throughout the world
  • Considers practical concerns about how research and practice interact in teaching pronunciation in the classroom

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


 A. The History of English Pronunciation

1. The historical evolution of English pronunciation (Jeremy Smith, UK)

2. Accent as a social symbol (Lynda Mugglestone, UK) 

3. History of ESL Pronunciation Teaching (John Murphy, US and Amanda Baker, Australia)

B. Describing English Pronunciation

4. Segmentals (David Deterding, Brunei)

5. Syllable structure (Adam Brown, New Zealand)

6. Lexical stress in English pronunciation (Anne Cutler, The Netherlands)

7. The Rhythmic Patterning of English(es): Implications for Pronunciation Teaching (Ee Ling Low, Singapore)

8. English Intonation – Form and Meaning (Anne Wichmann, UK and John Levis, US)

C. Pronunciation and Discourse

9. Connected speech (Ghinwa Alameen, Syria and John Levis, US)

10. Functions of intonation in discourse (Anne Wichmann, UK)

11. Pronunciation in the analysis of discourse (Beatrice Szczepek Reed, UK)

12. Fluency (Ron Thomson, Brock University, Canada)

D. Pronunciation of the major varieties of English

13. North American English (Charles Boberg, Canada)

14. British English (Clive Upton, UK)

15. Australian/New Zealand English (Laurie Bauer, New Zealand)

16. The Pronunciation of English in South Africa (Ian Bekker, Zambia and Albertus van Rooy, Zambia)

17. Indian English Pronounciation (Pramod Pandey, India)

18. Pronunciation and World Englishes (Cecil Nelson, US and Seong-Yoon Kang, South Korea) 


E. Pronunciation and language acquisition

19. The acquisition of the English Sound System (Marilyn Vihman, UK)

20. Variables affecting L2 pronunciation development (Pavel Trofimovich, Sara Kennedy, Jennifer Anne Foote, Canada) 


F. Pronunciation Teaching

21. Intelligibility in Research and Practice: Teaching Priorities (Tracey Derwing and Murray Munro, Canada)

22. The Segmental/Suprasegmental Debate (Beth Zielinski, Australia)

23. Applying theories of learning and language to teaching pronunciation (Graeme Couper, New Zealand)

24. The pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca (Robin Walker, Spain and Wafa Zoghbor, UAE)

25. Intonation in research and practice: The importance of metacognition (Marnie Reed  and Christina Michaud, US)

26. Integrating pronunciation into the language classroom (Isabelle Darcy and Laura Sicola, US)

27. Using orthography to teach pronunciation (Wayne Dickerson, US)

28. Technology and learning pronunciation (Rebecca Hincks, Sweden)



"this volume is a major achievement and set to make a significant contribution to the field.......With its mix of description, theoretical overview, application and flashes of brilliance, this collection certainly offers something for everybody and will be a most valuable addition to any bookshelf." (Journal of second language pronunciation 2016)