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Query:   British vs American English pronunciation
Author:  Alain Th鲩ault
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Phonology

Summary:   DEAR LIST MEMBERS
EARLIER THIS WEEK (LINGUIST 13-222) I AKED YOU ALL THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:

WOULD ANY OF YOU KNOW OF PAPERS, OR WEB PAGES, THAT GIVE A COMPLETE, OR PARTIAL,
COMPARATIVE DESCRIPTION OF THE PHONOLOGY OF BRITISH AND AMERICAN ENGLISH. I WANT
TO MAKE A SPEECH SYTHETYSER SPEEK LIKE CNN FROM A LIST OF BBC LIKE PRONUNCIATIONS
AND I HAVE A FEELING THAT THERE ARE REGULAR CONVERSIONS THAT CAN BE MADE.

I RECEIVED ANSWERS FROMM THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE :

RICHARD COATES
MICHAEL TJALVE
MARC PICARD
RAPHAEL MERCADO HBA
ANTONY DUBACH GREEN
CAROLINE REUL

THEY SUGGESTED THE FOLLOWING :

BAUER, LAURIE ET AL., 1980, AMERICAN ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION, GYLDENDAL
CONTAINS COMPARISONS SECTION BY SECTION WITH BRITISH ENGLISH. (HARD TO FIND)

WELLLS, JOHN C., 1982, ACCENTS OF ENGLISH, CUP (3 VOLUMES)
A CLASSIC

JONES, DANIEL,1997, ENGLISH PRONOUNCING DICTIONARY, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS .

TRUDGILL ET HANNAH, INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH: A GUIDE TO VARIETIES OF STANDARD
ENGLISH, OUP (4RTH EDITION DUE IN APRIL 2002)

IN ADDITION, ANTONY GREEN TELLS ME:

OF COURSE, THERE ARE LOTS OF REGULAR CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN THE TWO, BUT I'M NOT
SURE TO WHAT EXTENT A SPEECH SYNTHESIZER ARMED ONLY WITH THE RP PRONUNCIATION
WILL BE ABLE TO PREDICT GENAM PRONUNCIATION. IF IT HAS ACCESS TO ORTHOGRAPHY, IT
MAY BE ABLE TO PREDICT THAT 'COURT / CAUGHT' AND 'PARSE / PASS' ARE NOT
HOMOPHONOUS IN GENAM ALTHOUGH THEY ARE IN RP; BUT IF ALL IT KNOWS IS THE RP
PRONUNCIATIONS [KO:T] AND [PA:S] IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT.

ANOTHER PROBLEM WILL BE TO DECIDE WHICH GENAM YOU WANT TO SYNTHESIZE.THE
VARIETY DESCRIBED BY WELLS INCLUDES A CONTRAST BETWEEN [OR] AND[OR], SO THAT

LL Issue: 13.405
Date Posted: 13-Feb-2002
Original Query: Read original query