Accents of English Beyond the British Isles

ISBN-10: 0521285410
ISBN-13: 9780521285414
Edition: 1982
Authors: J. C. Wells
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Description: Accents of English is about the way English is pronounced by different people in different places. Volume 1 provides a synthesizing introduction, which shows how accents vary not only geographically, but also with social class, formality, sex and  More...

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List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/8/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Accents of English is about the way English is pronounced by different people in different places. Volume 1 provides a synthesizing introduction, which shows how accents vary not only geographically, but also with social class, formality, sex and age; and in volumes 2 and 3 the author examines in greater depth the various accents used by people who speak English as their mother tongue: the accents of the regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland (volume 2), and of the USA, Canada, the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Black Africa and the Far East ( volume 3). Each volume can be read independently, and together they form a major scholarly survey, of considerable originality, which not only includes descriptions of hitherto neglected accents, but also examines the implications for phonological theory. Readers will find the answers to many questions: Who makes 'good' rhyme with 'mood'? Which accents have no voiced sibilants? How is a Canadian accent different from an American one, a New Zealand one from an Australian one, a Jamaican one from a Barbadian one? What are the historical reasons for British-American pronunciation differences? What sound changes are currently in progress in New York, in London, in Edinburgh? Dr Wells his written principally for students of linguistics, phonetics and English language, but the motivated general reader will also find the study both fascinating and rewarding.

An Introduction
Preface
Typographical conventions and phonetic symbols
Aspects of accent
Linguistic and social variability
Introduction
Dialect and accent
Traditional-dialect
Geographical variation
Socio-economic class
Sex, ethnicity
Age: the time dimension
Styles and roles
Perceiving a stereotype
Projecting an image
Standards
What are the facts?
Accent phonology
Why phonology?
The taxonomic-phonemic model
Phonetic similarity
Non-contrastive distribution
Affricates and diphthongs
The phonological word
Multiple complementation and neutralization
Further difficulties with taxonomic phonemics
Phonological rules
Natural classes
A case in point: the velar nasal
Optional rules, variable rules
Rule ordering
Polylectal and panlectal phonology
How accents differ
Introduction
Phonetic realization
Phonotactic distribution
Phonemic systems
Lexical distribution
Further considerations
Consequences: rhymes, puns, and intelligibility
Rhythmical characteristics
Intonation
Voice quality
Why accents differ
Why innovations arise
System preservation
Splits and mergers
Regularization
Why innovations spread
The influence of literacy
External influences
Altering one's accent
Sets and systems
The reference accents
Introduction
The vowel system of RP
The vowel system of GenAm
The two vowel systems compared
RP and GenAm: further comparison
Standard lexical sets
Kit
Dress
Trap
Lot
Strut
Foot
Bath
Cloth
Nurse
Fleece
Face
Palm
Thought
Goat
Goose
Price
Choice
Mouth
Near
Square
Start
North
Force
Cure
Weak vowels: happy, lettER, commA
Systems; a typology
Part-system A
Part-system B
Part-system C
Part-system D
The consonant system
A typology for accents of English
Developments and processes
Residualisms
The Great Vowel Shift
NG Coalescence
The velar fricative
Thought Monophthonging
The Long Mid Mergers
The Fleece Merger
The Foot-Strut Split
The Nurse Merger
Pre-Fricative Lengthening
Yod Dropping
Price and Choice
Long Mid Diphthonging
The Great Divide
British prestige innovations
Vowels before /r/
R Dropping
R Insertion
Glide Cluster Reduction
Suffix vowels
Bath and Cloth
The Force Mergers
The realization of Goat
Smoothing
Some American innovations
Vowels before /r/
Lot Unrounding; loss of distinctive length
Later Yod Dropping
Tapping and T Voicing
Some further British innovations
H Dropping
Diphthong Shift
Happy Tensing
L Vocalization
Glottalization
The -ing variable
Sources and further reading
References
Index
The British Isles
Preface
Typographical conventions and phonetic symbols
England
RP revisited
Varieties of RP
U-RP
Adoptive RP
Variability in mainstream RP
RP: systemic variability
RP: distributional variability
RP: realizational variability
RP: lexical-incidential variability
Near-RP
London
Introduction
The vowel system
Monophthongs and centring diphthongs
The Diphthong Shift
The Thought Split
The Goat Split
Vowel plus /l/
Further remarks on vowels
The consonant system; [h]
Plosives: affrication, glottalling, tapping
Glottalling of other consonants
Fricatives
Yod phenomena
Prosodic features
Literary Cockney
The south
Introduction
East Anglia: vowels
The Norwich vowel system
East Anglia: consonants and prosodic features
The west country: rhoticity and its consequences
The west country: other consonants
The west country: vowels
The Bristol vowel system
The north
Introduction
The Strut words
The Bath words
Other vowels
Two vowel systems
Velar nasal plus
Yorkshire Assimilation
The consonant /r/
Other consonants
Merseyside
Tyneside
The Celtic countries
Wales
Introduction
Rhoticity
A typical vowel system
Five possible extra contrasts
Further remarks on vowels
Consonants
Connected-speech variants
Prosodic features
Sociolinguistics in Cardiff
Scotland
Introduction
Scots
Monophthongs
Diphthongs
Vowels before /r/
Consonants
The Highlands and Islands
Prosodic features
Sociolinguistic studies
Ireland
Introduction
The vowel system
Vowels before /r/
Short vowels
Long vowels
Diphthongs
Weak vowels
Alveolar and dental stops
The liquids
Other consonants
Processes
Prosodic features
The north: introduction
The north: vowel system and vowel length
The north: vowel quality
The north: consonants
The north: processes
The north: intonation
The north: accent and dialect
Summary
Sources and further reading
References
Index
Beyond the British Isles
Preface
Typographical conventions and phonetic symbols
North America
GenAm revisited
Introduction
The Thought-Lot Merger
Further issues relating to Thought and Lot
Bath Raising
Vowels before /r/
Other vowels
Consonants
Canada
Introduction
The vowel system
The open back vowel(s)
Price, Mouth Raising
Consonants
Questions of incidence
Newfoundland: general
Newfoundland: vowels
Newfoundland: consonants
New York City
Introduction
The vowel system
Variable non-rhoticity and its consequences
Nurse and Choice
Bath Raising
Cloth-Thought Raising
Lot Lengthening
Alveolars and dentals
Other consonants
New England
Introduction
Non-rhoticity
The open front vowel area
The open back vowel area
The New England 'short o'
Price and Mouth
The south
Introduction
The vowel system
The lax vowels
Price and Mouth
Other vowels
Vowel plus nasal
Is southern speech non-rhotic?
Vowel plus /r/
Vowel plus /l/
Weak vowels
Consonants
Black English
Introduction
Phonetic characteristics
The West Indies
General characteristics of Caribbean English
Introduction
Creole
TH Stopping
Cluster reduction
Other consonants
Vowels and /r/
Prosodic features
Individual territories
Jamaica
Trinidad
Guyana
Barbados
The Leewards
Bahamas
The southern hemisphere
Australia
Introduction
The vowel system
Closing diphthongs
Monophthongs
Centring diphthongs
Weak vowels
Consonants
Prosodic characteristics
New Zealand
Introduction
Central Kit
The remainder of the vowel system
The lateral and its influence
Other consonants
South Africa
Introduction
The Kit Split
Other front vowels
Diphthongs
Long monophthongs
The liquids
Other consonants
Regional and social variability
The imperial legacy
India
Introduction
Anglo-Indian
Vowels
Consonants
Prosodic characteristics
Interference and intelligibility
Africa
Introduction
Liberia
Vowels
Consonants
Prosodic characteristics
Interference and intelligibility
The Far East
Singapore
The Philippines
Hawaii
Sources and further reading
References
Index

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