Accents of English: Volume 1

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Cambridge University Press, 1982 M04 8 - 673 pages
Accents of English is about the way English is pronounced by different people in diffeent places. Volume I provides a synthesizing introduction, which shows how accents vary not only geographically, but also with social class, formality, sex and age; and in volumes 2 and 3 the author examines in greater depth the various accents used by people who speak English as their mother tongue: the accents of the regions of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland (volume 2), and of the USA, Canada, and West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Black Africa and the Far East (volume 3). Each volume can be read independently, and together they form a major scholarly survey of considerable originality, which not only includes descriptions of hitherto neglected accents, but also examines the implications for phonological theory.

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Contents

Preface
xv
Aspects of accent
xx
The southern hemisphere 592
9
Sets and systems
117
Developments and processes
184
Sources and further reading 652
264
Index 668
271
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