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  1. milly.neate, Dialectology: Urban Voices: Accent Studies in the British Isles

Message 1: Dialectology: Urban Voices: Accent Studies in the British Isles

Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 10:54:45 +0000
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Subject: Dialectology: Urban Voices: Accent Studies in the British Isles

Urban Voices: Accent Studies in the British Isles, edited by Paul Foulkes, 
Department of Linguistics, University of Leeds, UK and Gerard Docherty, 
Department of Speech, University of Newcastle, UK
August 1999 c.336pp PB 0 340 70608 2 c.\15616.99/$24.95
CASS 0 340 74105 8 c.\15614.99 +VAT CD 0 340 75952 6 c.\15614.99 +VAT

Urban Voices: Accent Studies in the British Isles
Accents and dialects are constantly undergoing small variations over time, 
but evidence shows that change may have become increasingly rapid in the 
past few decades. Urban Voices presents one of the few recent surveys of 
this phonological variation and change in urban accents across Great Britain 
and Ireland.

Each of the 14 specially commissioned chapters is divided into two parts. 
The first provides a detailed description of accent features within one or 
more urban centres, including information on social and stylistic variation 
and ongoing change. In the second part a range of current theoretical and 
methodological issues are discussed. Some chapters present wholly new data 
based on fieldwork carried out specifically for inclusion in Urban Voices, 
while others summarise data from well-known research, up-dated and 
reanalysed in accordance with new findings.

Containing copious illustrative and pedagogic material, this textbook 
presents a clear pathway to state-of-the-art research for students of 
sociolinguistics, dialectology, phonetics, and phonology at advanced 
undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, the detailed descriptive data 
and the accompanying cassette constitute a valuable resource for students 
and teachers of English, clinicians and speech therapists, forensic 
phoneticians, researchers in speech recognition and speech synthesis, and 

Key Features 
Up-to-date survey of British English accents - the only recent 
thorough-going overview
State-of-the-art survey of theoretical and methodological issues at the 
forefront of sociolinguistics

Contents: The international phonetic alphabet / Patterns of variation and 
change in three Newcastle vowels: is this dialect levelling? / Derby and 
Newcastle: instrumental phonetic and variationist studies / Sheffield 
dialect in the 1990s: revisiting the concept of NORMs / West Wirral: norms, 
self-reports and usage / Sandwell, West Midlands: ambiguous perspectives on 
gender patterns and model of change / Norwich: endogenous and exogenous 
linguistics change / Dialect levelling: change and continuity in Milton 
Keynes, Reading and Hull / South East London English: discrete versus 
continuous modelling of consonantal reduction / Cardiff: a real-time study 
of glottalization / Glasgow: accent and voice quality / Edinburgh: 
descriptive material / Standard English in Edinburgh and Glasgow: the 
Scottish vowel length rule revealed / (London)Derry: between Ulster and 
local speech - class, ethnicity and language change / Dublin English: 
current changes and their motivation.

Readership: Undergraduate students of linguistics. Actors and drama students 
wishing to learn a particular accent.

Contributors: Deborah Chirrey, Edge Hill University College / Beverley 
Collins, Rijks Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands / Gerard J Docherty, 
University of Newcastle, UK / Paul Foulkes, University of Leeds, UK / Nigel 
Hewlett, Queen Margaret College, UK / Raymond Hickey, University of Essen, 
Germany / Paul Kerswill, University of Reading, UK / Anne Grethe Mathisen, 
University of Oslo, Norway / Kevin McCafferty, Universitetet i Tromso, 
Norway / Inger Mees, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark / Lesley Milroy , 
University of Michigan, USA / Mark Newbrook, Monash University, Australia / 
James M Scobbie, Queen Margaret College, UK / Jana Stoddart, Olomouc, Czech 
Republic / Jane Stuart-Smith, University of Glasgow, UK / Laura Tollfree, 
Monash University, Australia / Peter Trudgill, University of Fribourg, 
Switzerland / Alice Turk, University of Edinburgh, UK / Clive Upton, 
University of Leeds, UK / Dominic Watt, University of Leeds, UK / J D A 
Widdowson, University of Sheffield, UK / Ann Williams, University of 
Reading, UK.

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