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Estuary English?

A sociophonetic study of teenage speech in the Home Counties

Joanna Przedlacka

This book discusses the phonetic make-up of the teenage speech in the Home Counties in order to verify the status of a putative new variety referred to as «Estuary English». The study compares the findings of a field research carried out by the author in the vicinity of London in 1998/1999 with the data from the Survey of English Dialects obtained half a century earlier. The results of the research show that «Estuary English» should be viewed as a number of distinct accents with some influences of London speech, not a single and definable variety.
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Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk and Joanna Przedlacka

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.