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Title: English Transcription Course
Written By: Maria Luisa Garcia Lecumberri
John A Maidment
Description:

Have you ever been confused by the fact that the words 'though' and 'bough'
are pronounced differently, or frustrated by the realisation that 'hint'
and 'pint' don't rhyme? It is well known that the spelling system of
English is notoriously unhelpful as an indicator of how to pronounce
English words. Spoken and written representations of English are mutually
inconsistent, making it difficult to interpret the 'logic' of the language.
Learning to transcribe English phonetically, however, provides an accurate
visual interpretation of pronunciation: it helps you to realise what you
actually say, rather than what you think you say.

'English Transcription Course' is the ideal workbook for anyone wishing to
practice their transcription skills. It provides a series of eight lessons,
each dealing with a particular aspect of pronunciation, and introduces and
explains the most important features of connected speech in modern British
English - such as assimilation, elision and weak forms, concentrating on
achieving a relaxed, informal style of speech. Each lesson is followed by a
set of exercises, which allow for extensive practise of the skills learnt
in both current and previous chapters. Students can check their progress
with the 'model' answers provided in the appendix.

'The ideal workbook for anyone wishing to practice his or her transcription
skills.'
Folia Linguistica

Contents:
Symbols and terminology
Transcription hints
Stress, rhythm and weak forms
Sandhi r
Consonant syllabicity
Elision
Assimilation
Glottaling
Further practice
Answer to questions
Glossary

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Hodder Education
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Phonology
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 034075978X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 160
Prices: U.K. £ 12.99