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The Sound Structure of English: An Introduction


The Sound Structure of English provides a clear introduction to English phonetics and phonology. Tailored to suit the needs of individual, one-term course modules, it assumes no prior knowledge of the subject, and presents the basic facts in a straightforward manner, making it the ideal text for beginners. Students are guided step-by-step through the main concepts and techniques of phonetic and phonological analysis, aided by concise chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading and a comprehensive glossary of all the terms introduced. Each chapter is accompanied by an engaging set of exercises and discussion questions, encouraging students to consolidate and develop their learning, and providing essential self-study material. The book is accompanied by a companion website, which helps readers to work through specified in-chapter problems, suggests answers to end-of-chapter exercises, and contains links to other sites of interest to those working on English sound-structure. Providing the essential knowledge and skills for those embarking on the study of English sounds, it is set to become the leading introduction to the field.


List of figures


A note on using this book


Consonants (1): contrastiveness

Consonants (2): classification

Consonants (3): distribution

Syllables (1): introduction

Syllables (2): constituents

Syllables (3): structure

Vowels (1): short vowels

Vowels (2): long vowels and diphthongs

Vowels (3): variation

Problems, theories and representations

Appendix: the IPA chart



Index of topics

Approved by Englishcology

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