Author: Luciano Canepari
Hardback: ISBN: 9783862885626 Pages: 370 Price:
Europe EURO 168.00
This book applies the principles of Natural
Phonetics & Tonetics to describe the
pronunciation of German, including intonation,
in a precise way never found in earlier
treatises. It includes an introduction to the
Natural Phonotonetics Method, which can be used
for any other language, as well (without the
sadly known limitations of official IPA).
The vowels, consonants, structures, and
intonation of German are fully described and
transcribed, with many examples of words,
sentences, and conversations, in addition to
the intonationally integrated IPA sample
passage ‘The North Wind and the Sun’ and a
poem. A chapter gives more than 300 reduced
forms (or ‘weak forms’), with several
gradations and examples.
Different types of German pronunciation are
fully described, starting with 5 for Germany:
international, neutral, traditional, mediatic
and North-east. Then, the neutral, mediatic and
broad pronunciations currently used in Austria,
Switzerland and South Tyrol are extensively
Three more chapters describe (with 5 clear
phonic maps) the 34 regional accents found in:
Germany (18), Austria (9) and Switzerland (7),
followed by those in Liechtenstein, Alsace,
Lorraine, Luxemburg and Eastern Wallonia
(Belgium). Other chapters provide more than 10
traditional dialects, 17 foreign accents of
German, and 6 diachronic stages.
A mini-phono-dictionary contains more than 2200
words and proper names usually puzzling and
challenging especially for foreigners.
ISBN 9783862885626 (Hardcover). LINCOM Studies
Phonetics 12. 370pp. 2014.
Linguistic Field(s): Germanic linguistics