Transcribing the Sound of English By Paul Tench

Do you have a fear of transcription? Are you daunted by the prospect of learning and handling unfamiliar symbols? This workbook is for students who are new to linguistics and phonetics, and offers a didactic approach to the study and transcription of the words, rhythm and intonation of English. It can be used independently or in class and covers all the pronunciation details of words, phrases, rhythm and intonation. Progress is deliberately gentle with plenty of explanations, examples and 'can't go wrong' exercises. In addition, there is an associated website with audio recordings of authentic speech, which provide back-up throughout. The audio clips also introduce students to variations in accents, with eleven different speakers. Going beyond the transcription of words, the book also ventures into real discourse with the simplification systems of colloquial English speech, rhythm and intonation. Transcribing the Sound of English

I worked my way though this book on an introductory phonetics course. While I wouldn't have been able to transcribe using only this book, it definitely got me most of the way there.

For anyone thinking of using this book I would recommend that you do every exercise. At first I felt like I was wasting my time transcribing every word given as it can feel a bit repetitive, however in retrospect I think that this probably helped a lot. Transcribing the Sound of English


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