1st Edition

English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice

    328 Pages 155 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    328 Pages 155 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice provides a unique introduction to basic articulatory phonetics for students of English. Built around an extensive collection of practice materials, this book teaches the pronunciation of modern standard non-regional British English to intermediate and advanced learners worldwide.

    This book:

    • provides an up-to-date description of the pronunciation of modern British English;
    • demonstrates the use of each English phoneme with a selection of high-frequency words, both alone and in context in sentences, idiomatic phrases and dialogues;
    • provides examples and practice material on commonly confused sounds, including illustrative pronunciation diagrams;
    • is supported by a companion website featuring phonetic transcriptions and over 30 hours of practice audio material to check your pronunciation against;
    • can be used not only for studying pronunciation in the classroom but also for independent student practice.

    English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice is essential reading for any student studying this topic.

    English phonemic transcription key
    List of phonetic symbols and diacritics
    The International Phonetic Alphabet

    Chapter 1 Basic Concepts
    Chapter 2 Consonants
    Chapter 3 Practice: Individual Consonants
    Chapter 4 Practice: Consonant Contrasts
    Chapter 5 Vowels
    Chapter 6 Practice: Individual Strong Vowels
    Chapter 7 Practice: Vowel Contrasts
    Chapter 8 Weak Vowels and Weak Forms
    Chapter 9 Practice: Weak Vowels and Weak Forms
    Chapter 10 Consonant Clusters
    Chapter 11 Practice: Consonant Clusters
    Chapter 12 Connected Speech

    Suggested Reading


    Paul Carley has held posts at the University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, and the universities of Bedfordshire and Leicester. He is a regular lecturer on the University College London Summer Course in English Phonetics.

    Inger M. Mees is Associate Professor in the Department of Management, Society and Communication at the Copenhagen Business School. She has formerly held lectureships at the universities of Leiden and Copenhagen. She is on the academic staff of the University College London Summer Course in English Phonetics.

    Beverley Collins (1938–2014) held lectureships at the universities of Lancaster and Leiden and was Visiting Professor at Ghent University. He was also a lecturer on the University College London Summer Course in Phonetics.

    "Here is a wealth of practice material, building on a sound theoretical basis. This book will help students of English phonetics to gain a thorough understanding of phonetic principles and improve their oral ability in the language. I heartily recommend it."

    John Wells, Emeritus Professor of Phonetics, University College London, UK

    "This clearly-written, practical and informative volume draws on the considerable knowledge, experience and expertise of the authors, nicely bridging the gap between courses in English phonetics and phonology and those in English pronunciation. Its focus on segmental aspects – i.e., individual speech sounds – is in line with current recommendations for intelligibility in English in international settings. I recommend this book as an addition to your English pronunciation library."

    Jane Setter, University of Reading, UK

    "I’m absolutely delighted to welcome this excellently written book. The coverage and organisation is exceptionally good. The authors are to be congratulated on producing a groundbreaking textbook combining English phonetic theory with copious amounts of material for practice. Anyone studying or teaching English or wishing to understand or speak the language with clarity and accuracy should read this book."

    Alessandro Rotatori, Università degli Studi di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’, Italy

    "English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice is an excellent resource book for both teachers and students. Both will like the clear and succinct descriptions of relevant features of General British, and they will love the book’s substantial two thirds devoted to practice material. The recordings of the material amount to over thirty hours of listening; they make this publication a real gem. For decades students have asked me to recommend an individual book they could use for practice purposes as well as for widening and deepening their knowledge in English phonetics. Up to now I have refrained from making such a single recommendation. This has changed now that this book is available."

    Petr Rösel, University of Mainz, Germany

    "English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice is more than an indispensable treasure trove of modern practice material for segments, in minimal pairs, phrases and sentences. It's also a thorough and very approachable guide to 21st century British articulations which valuably explains the inaccuracies among the traditional symbols."

    Geoff Lindsey, Director of University College London Summer Course in English Phonetics

    "This substantial and strikingly original volume is, as the authors say, ‘unique’, combining, as it does, a concise but very far more than just adequate phonetic introduction to English pronunciation together with extensive amounts of material for use in practising it."

    Jack Windsor Lewis, Journal of the International Phonetic Association

    "In one volume there is an account of English phonetics complete enough for linguistic study and a wealth of practice material which can be exploited with learners who have no knowledge or interest in the workings of the language. Selective deployment of the articulatory approach definitely aids description, and the practice bank is an excellent resource for a creative teacher, or even a not-particularly-creative one, to plunder. In short, EPPP will be a very handy addition to the library of anyone involved in teaching (about) contemporary pronunciation."

    Wayne Rimmer, Journal of Second Language Pronunciation