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English Pronunciation Models: A Changing Scene

Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, Katarzyna / Przedlacka, Joanna (eds)

English Pronunciation Models: A Changing Scene

Second Edition

Series: Linguistic Insights - Volume 21

Year of Publication: 2008

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005, 2008. 476 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-682-9 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.680 kg, 1.499 lbs

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Book synopsis

The choice of a pronunciation model for the 21st century learner has become a major issue of debate among applied linguists concerned with teaching English. The standard pronunciation models – Received Pronunciation and General American – have recently been confronted with a new proposal of a Lingua Franca Core (LFC) or English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), put forward as a didactic priority in teaching English pronunciation to foreigners. This volume, which includes selected contributions from the Poznań Linguistic Meetings of 2003 and 2004, does not intend to present yet another model, but sets out to place the teaching and learning of English pronunciation in the context of the 21st century. As the needs of English users are clearly changing fast in the globalizing world, the question is to what extent, if at all, models of pronunciation have been able to keep up with them, and whether they in fact should do so. Thus, key issues in the integration of pronunciation into English as L2 curricula are explored.


Contents: Joanna Przedlacka: Models and Myth: Updating the (Non)standard Accents – Dennis R. Preston: How Can You Learn a Language that Isn’t There – Barbara Seidlhofer: Language Variation and Change: The Case of English as a Lingua Franca – Peter Trudgill: Native Speaker Segmental Phonological Models and the English Lingua Franca Core – J. C. Wells: Goals in Teaching English Pronunciation – Sylwia Scheuer: Why Native Speakers are (Still) Relevant – Włodzimierz Sobkowiak: Why Not LFC? – Jolanta Szpyra-Kozłowska: Lingua Franca Core, Phonetic Universals and the Polish Context – Geoffrey Schwartz: The Lingua Franca Core and the Phonetics-Phonology Interface – Jennifer Jenkins: Misinterpretation, Bias, and Resistance to Change: The Case of the Lingua Franca Core – Peter Trudgill: Finding the Speaker-listener Equilibrium: Segmental Phonological Models in EFL – Ewa Waniek-Klimczak/Karol Klimczak: Target in Speech Development: Learners’ Views – Katarzyna Janicka/Małgorzata Kul/Jarosław Weckwerth: Polish Students’ Attitudes to Native English Accents as Models for EFL Pronunciation – Michał Remiszewski: Lingua Franca Core: Picture Incomplete – Esther Grabe/Greg Kochanski/John Coleman: The Intonation of Native Accent Varieties in the British Isles: Potential for Miscommunication? – John M. Levis: Comparing Apples and Oranges? Pedagogical Approaches to Intonation in British and American English – Jane Setter: Communicative Patterns of Intonation in L2 English Teaching and Learning: The Impact of Discourse Approaches – Peter Roach: Representing the English Model – J. C. Wells: Abbreviatory Conventions in Pronunciation Dictionaries – Clive Upton/Lawrence M. Davis/Charles L. Houck: Modelling RP: A Variationist Case – Magdalena Wrembel: An Overview of English Pronunciation Teaching Materials. Patterns of Change: Model Accents, Goals and Priorities – Dafydd Gibbon: Afterword: Navigating Pronunciation in Search of the Golden Fleece.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk is professor ordinarius and head of the School of English at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. She has published extensively on phonology and phonetics, and second language acquisition.
Joanna Przedlacka has lectured on language and linguistics, including varieties and history of English, sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology at the English Departments of Warsaw University and Pedagogical University in Warsaw, Poland. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Warsaw for her study of teenage speech of the Home Counties.


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