book notice: Issues of Accents in English: Waniek-Klimczak (Ed)

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Issues of Accents in English: Waniek-Klimczak (Ed)
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Title: Issues of Accents in English
Published: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
                http://www.c-s-p.org


Abstract:

Adopting a central theme of variability, the book explores different
aspects of native and non-native accents of English. The dominating
perspective is that of a non-native speaker, although - as argued by some
contributors - the very distinction between native and non-native English
may need to be redefined. As the debate on the pronunciation of English as
a lingua franca continues, this volume presents well-focused studies
investigating the acquisition and use of the sound system by native and
non-native speakers, problems with the choice and variability in
pronunciation models and pedagogical aspects of pronunciation instruction.
The issue of accents calls for a comprehensive approach; this book aims to
provide such a broad perspective, based on expertise and experience of the
contributors, who are specialist in linguitics, applied linguitics,
phonetics, phonology and ESL.

The book is divided into three parts. Part one discusses complex
conditioning of production and perception of native and non-native
accents. It contains acoustic and auditory studies investigating the effect
of such independent variables as identity, L1 or contextual factors on the
elements of the sound system. Part two links the accent variability studies
to the pedagogical context by presenting problems with the pronunciation
model, its choice and variability. The main focus of part three is on
pronunciation teaching: papers presented in this section report on the
methods and results of phonetic instruction in different settings

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