Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 270 pages, 9.65 × 6.5 × 0.63 in
Published: April 1, 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0194328155
ISBN - 13: 9780194328159
About the Book
This introduction to the pronunciation of American English describes the sound system, suggests ways of tackling pronunciation problems, and provides a variety of techniques and exercises for use in the classroom.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction: Preliminary considerations in the teaching of pronunciation - Biological factors - Socio-cultural factors - Personality factors - The role of the native language - Setting realistic goals PART ONE: The sound system of English 1. Spelling and pronunciation - The English spelling system - Sound-spelling correspondences - Spelling in other languages - The phonetic alphabet - Exercises 2. Individual sounds of English - How speech sounds are made - Consonants and vowels The description of English consonants - Place of articulation - Manner of articulation - Voicing - Summary The description of English vowels - Tongue height - Frontness/backness of tongue - Tenseness/laxness - Lip rounding - Phonetic symbols for vowels - Complex vowels (dipthongs) - The vowel /ar/ - The consonant /h/ - Semi-vowels (glides) - Exercises 3. English sounds in context Positional variation - Contrastive sounds of English - Non-contrastive sounds of English - Implications for teaching - Conclusion Grammatical endings - The regular past tense - The plural, possessive, and third person singular - Grammatical endings in the pronunciation classroom - Exercises 4. The shape of English words - Syllable types - Consonant clusters - Exercises 5. Word stress and vowel reduction - What is stress? - Schwa - Major and minor stress - Placement of word stress - Exercises 6. Connected Speech Rhythm, sentence stress, and intonation - The stress-timed rhythm of English - Placement of stress in senten
From the Publisher
This is a comprehensive introduction to teaching the pronunciation of North American English. It includes an illustrated description of the sound system of English, ideas for overcoming pronunciation problems specific to fifteen different languages, and a variety of approaches and techniques for use in the classroom.
About the Author
Peter Avery currently teaches linguistics at the University of Toronto. He is involved in teacher training throughout the TESL Certificate programme at George Brown College, Toronto, Canada. His research interests include theoretical phonology and second language acquisition.
''This is a handy reference book for the bookshelves of any language teacher with international students.'' - EL Gazette