Sounds Fascinating

Sounds Fascinating

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J. C. Wells
Cambridge University Press, 9/22/2016
EAN 9781316610367, ISBN10: 1316610365

Paperback, 284 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 1.2 cm
Language: English

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? Pontcysyllte is obviously Welsh, but Penge is Welsh too! How cool is Caol in the Highlands of Scotland? What can Wesley's hymns tell us about sound change in English? How do people pronounce Wrocław in Poland? How can anyone manage to say Gdynia as just two syllables? Why is the village of Frith in the island of Montserrat usually pronounced as if spelt Frits? What embarrassing faux pas in English did a Russian conglomerate make? Should I bild a cubbard instead of building a cupboard? How should we capitalize an exclamation mark, and why might we need to? What's a depressor consonant? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Part I. Words, Names, People and Places
1. Unusual words
2. Food and drink words
3. Interesting words
4. Names
5. People
6. Places
7. Abroad
8. Home from abroad
Part II. Sounds and Letters
9. Allophones
10. Phonetic processes
11. Spelling
12. Transcription
Part III. Applied Phonetics
13. Classification
14. EFL
15. Accents
16. Lexical stress
17. Connected speech
18. Texts in transcription
Part IV. Roundup
19. Rhetoric
20. Language mosaic
21. Postscript.