GIMSON A.C.AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PRONUNCIATION OF ENGLISH PDF

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Access options available:. Anthropological, biological , and psychological approaches are included in other essays, some but by no means all ofwhich represent attempts to deal with contemporary questions. In summary, these forty-one essays represent a contribution to the history of theories of language origin rather than a survey of current investigation.

Jeep, The University of Chicago. Nearly Anselmian in its virtues—one can hardly conceive of a more comprehensive or better organized reference work—is A. Gimson 's introduction to Received Pronunciation RP. Though G first published this account of RP in , he has twice revised and supplemented the book to keep it up-to-date in both descriptive accuracy and theoretical orientation. This fourth edition has been revised posthumously by his student and colleague at University College, Susan Ramsaran.

The book has three parts. G's exposition is thorough and lucid, albeit somewhat more advanced than one might expect from an introductory work. G refers to, but does not explain, certain dialectal features of British English 17 , constructs of wave physics 20 , and some experimental techniques or articulatory phoneticians G gives an exhaustive catalog of the speech sounds of RP: each phone's description includes i a list of its orthographic realizations, ii a detailed discussion of its articulation, iii its variants in dialects other than RP, iv its historical sources, and v advice on its pronunciation for foreign learners.

G also supplies statistics for the relative frequency of all the phonemes of RP. Among consonants InI holds the preeminence, occurring 7. G's discussion is brief, yet characteristically detailed. Advice for foreign learners is again generously sprinkled throughout. Moreover, G has included an appendix devoted solely to tips for the foreign learner. G's 'Introduction' is satisfying and useful, but not perfect in every conceivable way.

In many places G warns foreign learners against non-RP pronunciations on the grounds that such will be perceived as 'vulgar or dialectal' , 'socially undesirable' , or 'a defective substitution' Do these stigmatizations reflect the prejudices of Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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