English Accents and Dialects
An Introduction to Social and Regional Varieties of English in the British Isles, Fifth Edition
Routledge – 2012 – 210 pages
Series: The English Language Series
English Accents and Dialects is an essential guide to contemporary social and regional varieties of English spoken in the British Isles today. Together with invaluable overviews of numerous regional accents and dialects, this fifth edition provides a detailed description of key features of Received Pronounciation (RP) as well as several major non-standard varieties of English.
This combination of reference manual and practical guide makes this fifth edition of English Accents and Dialects a highly useful resource providing a comprehensive and contemporary coverage of speech in the UK and Ireland today.
'This book really is a star. Written by people who really know how difficult it can be to pinpoint accents and dialects, this book provides maps and diagrams showing their locations, and differing phonological features of areas. The terminology is easily understood, so much so that it was a pleasure to read.' A reader from Essex (amazon.co.uk)
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Chapter 1: Variation in English
Chapter 2: Dialect variation
Chapter 3: Received Pronunciation
Chapter 4: Regional Accent variation
Chapter 5: British Isles accents and dialects:
London West Indian
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DOMINIC WATT is Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science at the University of York, UK.
ARTHUR HUGHES taught Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading for 25 years, setting up and directing the Testing and Evaluation Unit. On sabbatical from Reading, he directed English language testing projects at Bosphorus University, Istanbul (1982-84) and in the Ministry of Secondary Education, Morocco (1992-93). He was joint founder-editor of the international journal Language Testing, has published widely in the field of testing and has carried out consultancies in the UK and in several countries overseas. His book, Testing for Language Teachers, now in its second edition, was first published in 1989 and continues to be a bestseller. Though now retired, Arthur continues to write and act as a consultant.
PETER TRUDGILL is Adjunct Prof. of Socio-Linguistics at Agder University, Norway, Adjunct Professor, RCLT, La Trobe University, Australia, Professor Emeritus of English Linguistics, Fribourg University, Switzerland, Honorary Professor of Sociolinguistics, UEA, Norwich, UK