Gimson's Pronunciation of English
Routledge – 2008 – 384 pages
This seventh edition of Gimson's Pronunciation of English has been revised throughout, with particular emphasis on those areas which have seen rapid change in recent years. A new Introduction gives an overview of phonetics, examines the notion of a standard English accent and outlines key concepts in the learning of English as a first language and as an additional language. All the central chapters have been updated, notably by the inclusion of revised articulatory diagrams based on recent MRI scans.
This new edition considers the developing status of English as an international language and discusses the current debate about the idea of a global pronunciation standard as an alternative to Received Pronunciation and General American.
The layout of the book is now more user-friendly with the use of text boxes to summarise key information and a companion website, www.routledge.com/cw/cruttenden, contains exercises for learners; fMRI scans of English phrases, including all the vowels and consonants; and recordings by the author of part of the book.
Since its first publication, Gimson's Pronunciation of English has been the essential reference book for anyone studying or teaching the phonetics of English. It includes comprehensive coverage of individual vowels and consonants together with their variation and history; their articulation and acoustics, their rhythm and intonation, and how they develop in young children and foreign learners. All this ensures that Gimson's Pronunciation of English will remain the most authoritative introduction to English phonetics for many years to come.
"What we have now is a third and better
than ever re-casting, rewriting, amplification and extensive updating
which is actually a very considerable improvement on the original
amounting to full co-authorship …
The overall impression of the text is that the
graphics are better than ever (for example there are now thirty vowel
diagrams all either new or re-drawn) and the general styling of the
text is more user-friendly than ever. There can be no doubt that this
book is still the most indispensable account of British English
phonetics in existence."
PART I: Speech and language
2. The production of speech
3. The sounds of speech
4. The description and classification of speech sounds
5. Sounds in language
PART II: The sounds of English
6. The historical background
7. Standard and regional accents
8. The English vowels
9. The English consonants
PART III: Words and connected speech
11. Connected speech
12. Words in connected speech
13. Teaching the pronunciation of English
Alan Cruttenden is Emeritus Professor of Phonetics, University of Manchester, and a Fellow of the Phonetics Laboratory, University of Oxford.