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An Introduction to English Phonetics by Richard Ogden PDF

By Richard Ogden

ISBN-10: 0748625402

ISBN-13: 9780748625406

ISBN-10: 0748625410

ISBN-13: 9780748625413

This publication introduces readers to the sounds of spoken English, masking phonetic illustration and exhibiting that varied kinds of illustration provide diverse views on info. the quantity additionally offers an summary of the vocal tract and works during the consonant and vowel sounds of English. considering that English can think a various diversity of varieties, this e-book offers readers a common phonetic framework to use to this type, with illustrations taken from English-speakers internationally. Naturally-occurring English takes a important position, and whereas phrases are noticeable as vital, they don't seem to be the single resource of knowledge. feels like clicks are integrated, as a result of their use in dialog.

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G. [fɔ , fɔr] for [fə, fər] in ‘for’). Aside from accuracy, the appropriateness of a transcription depends on what the transcription is to be used for and the style of transcription that is adopted. As we have seen, the same thing can be transcribed in a number of different ways; and each transcription is useful for noting different kinds of thing. The main problem that arises with transcriptions as a working tool is when they are inconsistent; which means that the transcription style needs to be decided at the outset.

5. 3 show a pitch trace for a production of ‘oh thank you for calling’ by a female speaker. The figures are scaled according to this speaker’s range: her lowest pitch is 80 Hz, and her highest pitch is 585 Hz. Her average pitch is 220, marked on the right. 2 shows a linear pitch trace: the steps 200–300–400–500 Hz are equal on the y-axis. The speaker’s average pitch seems rather low in her range on this graph, and certainly lower than half way through her range. 3 shows the same thing on a logarithmic scale.

Physical differences, caused by things such as gender, age or physical state (like being out of breath), mean that people sound different; but these are physical, not linguistic, differences, so a phonetic transcription does not capture them. Except in clinical situations, phonetic transcriptions generally ignore speakers’ individual quirks, preferring to work on the language of a community, and not just of an individual. ’: in particu- REPRESENTING THE SOUNDS OF SPEECH 23 lar, how are the two words joined?

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