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Foreign Dialects
A Manual for Actors, Directors, and Writers




ISBN 9780878300204
Published January 15, 1997 by Routledge
384 Pages

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Book Description

Most actors and directors have struggled with the problem of needing to imitate foreign dialects. Marguerite and Lewis Herman have created an essential tool for actors, directors and writers aiming toward the most authentic performances possible.
Foreign Dialects contains an extensive repertoire of dialects that will assist the actor in the preparation for the most difficult foreign roles. Now in paperback, this classic text offers the director or producer a quick, convenient aid for correcting actors and evaluating applicants for authenticity and dialect ability. In addition, it guides those writing fiction as well as radio, movie, and television scripts. Thirty foreign dialects are provided, with character studies, speech peculiarities, and examples of the dialects in easy-to-read phonetic monologues--including Cockney, British, Irish, Scottish, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Greek and Yiddish.

Table of Contents

Chapter 101 How to Use the Manual, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter one Dialect Characterization, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter two The Cockney Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter three The British Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter four The Irish Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter five The Scottish Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter six The German Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter seven The French Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter eight The Italian Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter nine The Spanish Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter ten The Japanese Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter eleven The Chinese Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter twelve Pidgin English, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter thirteen The Hawaiian Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter fourteen Beche Le Mar, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter fifteen The Swedish Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter sixteen The Russian Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter seventeen Middle European Dialects, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter eighteen The Polish Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter nineteen The Greek Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman; Chapter twenty The Yiddish Dialect, Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman;

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Biography

Lewis Herman and Marguerite Shalett Herman compiled this material during more than 25 years of acting, writing, teaching, and study, in Europe, Hollywood, Chicago, and New York. They also acted and directed for stage, television, radio, and motion pictures.