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English Phonetics and Phonology. A practical course. Fourth edition. PETER ROACH. Frrieritus Prºfessor of Phonetics. University ºf Reading. º CAMBRIDGE. Roach, Peter (Peter John). English phonetics and phonology: a practical course / Peter Roach. – 4th ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. English Phonetics and Phonology: A practical course by Peter Roach has been a leading coursebook English phonetics and phonology.
Roach looks trainer based in London, UK. English short vowels Audio Unit 3: The recorded exercises have been kept unchanged in order to retain continuity with the earlier editions. If the vocal folds are apart we say that the glottis is open; if they are pressed together we say that the glottis is closed. As well as being found in initial position it is found medially in words such as 'ahead' shed, 'greenhouse' gri: This effect is sometimes known as pre-fortis clipping.
Most readers are expected to be either studying English at a university, or to be practising English language teachers. You may be working under the supervision of a teacher, or working through the course individually; you may be a native speaker of a language that is not English, or a native English-speaker.
Each chapter has additional sections: Answers to the exercises are given on pages Only some of the exercises are suitable for native speakers of English. The exercises for Chapter 9 are mainly aimed at helping you to become familiar with the way the written and audio exercises work. You can find it at www. Everything on the website is additional material - there is nothing that is essential to using the book itself, so if you don't have access to the Internet you should not suffer a disadvantage.
The website contains the following things: In any language we can identify a small number of regularly used sounds vowels and consonants that we call phonemes; for example, the vowels in the words 'pin' and 'pen' are different phonemes, and so are the consonants at the beginning of the words 'pet' and 'bet'. Because of the notoriously confusing nature of English spelling, it is particularly important to learn to think of English pronunciation in terms of phonemes rather than letters of the alphabet; one must be aware, for example, that the word 'enough' begins with the same vowel phoneme as that at the beginning of 'inept' and ends with the same consonant as 'stuff'.
The symbols are always printed in blue type in this book to distinguish them from letters of the alphabet. A list of the symbols is given on pp. Chapters 7 and 7 deal with vowels and Chapter 7 with some consonants.
After the phonemes of English have been introduced, the rest of the course goes on to look at larger units of speech such as the syllable and at aspects of speech such as stress which could be roughly described as the relative strength of a syllable and intonation the use of the pitch of the voice to convey meaning.
As an example of stress, consider the difference between the pronunciation of'contract' as a noun 'they signed a contract' and 'contract' as a verb 'it started to contract'.
In the former the stress is on the first syllable, while in the latter it is on the second syllable. A possible example of intonation would be the different pitch movements on the word 'well' said as an exclamation and as a question: You will have to learn a number of technical terms in studying the course: Another convention to remember is that when words used as examples are given in spelling form, they are enclosed in single quotation marks - see for example 'pin', 'pen', etc.
Double quotation marks are used where quotation marks would normally be used - that is, for quoting something that someone has said or might say. Words are sometimes printed in italics to mark them as specially important in a particular context. The word accent is often confused with dialect.
We use the word dialect to refer to a variety of a language which is different from others not just in pronunciation but also in such matters as vocabulary, grammar and word order. Differences of accent, on the other hand, are pronunciation differences only. The accent that we concentrate on and use as our model is the one that is most often recommended for foreign learners studying British English.
It has for a long time been identified by the name Received Pronunciation usually abbreviated to its initials, RP , but this name is old-fashioned and misleading: Since it is most familiar as the accent used by most announcers and newsreaders on BBC and British independent television broadcasting channels, a preferable name is BBC pronunciation.
This should not be taken to mean that the BBC itself imposes an "official" accent - individual broadcasters all have their own personal characteristics, and an increasing number of broadcasters with Scottish, Welsh and Irish accents are employed.
However, the accent described here is typical of broadcasters with an English accent, and there is a useful degree of consistency in the broadcast speech of these speakers. The pronunciation of English in North America is different from most accents found in Britain.
There are exceptions to this - you can find accents in parts of Britain that sound American, and accents in North America that sound English. But the pronunciation that you are likely to hear from most Americans does sound noticeably different from BBC pronunciation. In talking about accents of English, the foreigner should be careful about the difference between England and Britain; there are many different accents in England, but the range becomes very much wider if the accents of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Scotland and Wales are included in Britain, and together with Northern Ireland form the United Kingdom are taken into account.
Within the accents of England, the distinction that is most frequently made by the majority of English people is between northern and southern. This is a very rough division, and there can be endless argument over where the boundaries lie, but most people on hearing a pronunciation typical of someone from Lancashire, Yorkshire or other counties further north would identify it as "Northern".
This course deals almost entirely with BBC pronunciation. There is no implication that other accents are inferior or less pleasant- sounding; the reason is simply that BBC is the accent that has usually been chosen by British teachers to teach to foreign learners, it is the accent that has been most fully described, and it has been used as the basis for textbooks and pronunciation dictionaries.
A term which is widely found nowadays is Estuary English, and many people have been given the impression that this is a new or newly-discovered accent of English. In reality there is no such accent, and the term should be used with care. The idea originates from the sociolinguistic observation that some people in public life who would previously have been expected to speak with a BBC or RP accent now find it acceptable to speak with some characteristics of the accents of the London area the estuary referred to is the Thames estuary , such as glottal stops, which would in earlier times have caused comment or disapproval.
If you are a native speaker of English and your accent is different from BBC you should try, as you work through the course, to note what your main differences are for purposes of comparison.
I am certainly not suggesting that you should try to change your pronunciation. If you are a learner of English you are recommended to concentrate on BBC pronunciation initially, though as you work through the course and become familiar with this you will probably find it an interesting exercise to listen analytically to other accents of English, to see if you can identify the ways in which they differ from BBC and even to learn to pronounce some different accents yourself.
Notes on problems and further reading The recommendation to use the name BBC pronunciation rather than RP is not universally accepted.
Roach et al, Where I quote other writers who have used the term RP in discussion of standard accents, I have left the term unchanged. I do not feel this is satisfactory, since the accent being described belongs to England, and citizens of other parts of Britain are understandably reluctant to accept that this accent is the standard for countries such as Scotland and Wales.
The BBC has an excellent Pronunciation Research Unit to advise broadcasters on the pronunciation of difficult words and names, but most people are not aware that it has no power to make broadcasters use particular pronunciations: BBC broadcasters only use it on a voluntary basis.
I feel that if we had a completely free choice of model accent for British English it would be possible to find more suitable ones: Scottish and Irish accents, for example, have a more straightforward relationship between spelling and sounds than does the BBC accent; they have simpler vowel systems, and would therefore be easier for most foreign learners to acquire. However, it seems that the majority of English teachers would be reluctant to learn to speak in the classroom with a non-English accent, so this is not a practical possibility.
For introductory reading on the choice of English accent, see Brown Chapter 2 ; Collins and Mees We will return to the subject of accents of English in Chapter Much of what has been written on the subject of "Estuary English" has been in minor or ephemeral publications.
However, I would recommend looking at Collins and Mees A problem area that has received a lot of attention is the choice of symbols for representing English phonemes. In the past, many different conventions have been proposed and students have often been confused by finding that the symbols used in one book are different from the ones they have learned in another. The symbols used in this book are in most respects those devised by A. Gimson for his Introduction to the Pronunciation of English, the latest version of which is the revision by Cruttenden Cruttenden, These symbols are now used in almost all modern works on English pronunciation published in Britain, and can therefore be looked on as a de facto standard.
Although good arguments can be made for some alternative symbols, the advantages of having a common set of symbols for pronunciation teaching materials and pronunciation entries in dictionaries are so great that it would be very regrettable to go back to the confusing diversity of earlier years.
The subject of symbolisation is returned to in Section 8. Notes for teachers Pronunciation teaching has not always been popular with teachers and language-teaching theorists, and in the s and s it was fashionable to treat it as a rather outdated activity. A good example of this attitude is to be found in Brown and Yule The criticism was misguided, I believe, and it is encouraging to see that in recent years there has been a significant growth of interest in pronunciation teaching and many new publications on the subject.
No pronunciation course that I know has ever said that learners must try to speak with a perfect RP accent. To claim this mixes up models with goals: Pronunciation exercises can be difficult, of course, but if we eliminate everything difficult from language teaching and learning, we may end up doing very little beyond getting students to play simple communication games.
It is, incidentally, quite incorrect to suggest that the classic works on pronunciation and phonetics teaching concentrated on mechanically perfecting vowels and consonants: Jones , first published , for example, writes " 'Good' speech may be defined as a way of speaking which is clearly intelligible to all ordinary people. A person may speak with sounds very different from those of his hearers and yet be clearly intelligible to all of them, as for instance when a Scotsman or an American addresses an English audience with clear articulation.
Their speech cannot be described as other than 'good'" pp. Much has been written recently about English as an International Language, with a view to defining what is used in common by the millions of people around the world who use English Crystal, ; Jenkins, This is a different goal from that of this book, which concentrates on a specific accent.
The discussion of the subject in Cruttenden Chapter 97 is recommended as a survey of the main issues, and the concept of an International English pronunciation is discussed there. There are many different and well-tried methods of teaching and testing pronunciation, some of which are used in this book.
I do not feel that it is suitable in this book to go into a detailed analysis of classroom methods, but there are several excellent treatments of the subject; see, for example, Dalton and Seidlhofer ; Celce-Murcia et al. Written exercises The exercises for this chapter are simple ones aimed at making you familiar with the style of exercises that you will work on in the rest of the course.
The answers to the exercises are given on page The muscles in the chest that we use for breathing produce the flow of air that is needed for almost all speech sounds; muscles in the larynx produce many different modifications in the flow of air from the chest to the mouth. After passing through the larynx, the air goes through what we call the vocal tract, which ends at the mouth and nostrils; we call the part comprising the mouth the oral cavity and the part that leads to the nostrils the nasal cavity.
Here the air from the lungs escapes into the atmosphere. We have a large and complex set of muscles that can produce changes in the shape of the vocal tract, and in order to learn how the sounds of speech are produced it is necessary to become familiar with the different parts of the vocal tract.
These different parts are called articulators, and the study of them is called articulatory phonetics.
It represents the human head, seen from the side, displayed as though it had been cut in half. You will need to look at it carefully as the articulators are described, and you will find it useful to have a mirror and a good light placed so that you can look at the inside of your mouth. If you look in your mirror with your mouth open, you can see the back of the pharynx.
Yours is probably in that position now, but often in speech it is raised so that air cannot escape through the nose. The other important thing about the soft palate is that it is one of the articulators that can be touched by the tongue. When we make the sounds k, g the tongue is in contact with the lower side of the soft palate, and we call these velar consonants.
You can feel its smooth curved surface with your tongue. A consonant made with the tongue close to the hard palate is called palatal. The sound j in 'yes' is palatal. You can feel its shape with your tongue.
Its surface is really much rougher than it feels, and is covered with little ridges. You can only see these if you have a mirror small enough to go inside your mouth, such as those used by dentists. Sounds made with the tongue touching here such as t, d, n are called alveolar.
It is usual to divide the tongue into different parts, though there are no clear dividing lines within its structure. This use of the word "front" often seems rather strange at first. This is for the sake of a simple diagram, and you should remember that most speakers have teeth to the sides of their mouths, back almost to the soft palate. The tongue is in contact with the upper side teeth for most speech sounds. Sounds made with the tongue touching the front teeth, such as English T, D, are called dental.
They can be pressed together when we produce the sounds p, b , brought into contact with the teeth as in f, v , or rounded to produce the lip-shape for vowels like u:. Sounds in which the lips are in contact with each other are called bilabial, while those with lip- to-teeth contact are called labiodental. The seven articulators described above are the main ones used in speech, but there are a few other things to remember.
Firstly, the larynx which will be studied in Chapter 7 could also be described as an articulator - a very complex and independent one. Secondly, the jaws are sometimes called articulators; certainly we move the lower jaw a lot in speaking.
But the jaws are not articulators in the same way as the others, because they cannot themselves make contact with other articulators. Finally, although there is practically nothing active that we can do with the nose and the nasal cavity when speaking, they are a very important part of our equipment for making sounds which is sometimes called our vocal apparatus , particularly nasal consonants such as m, n.
Again, we cannot really describe the nose and the nasal cavity as articulators in the same sense as i to vii above. The most common view is that vowels are sounds in which there is no obstruction to the flow of air as it passes from the larynx to the lips.
A doctor who wants to look at the back of a patient's mouth often asks them to say "ah"; making this vowel sound is the best way of presenting an unobstructed view. But if we make a sound like s, d it can be clearly felt that we are making it difficult or impossible for the air to pass through the mouth.
Most people would have no doubt that sounds like s, d should be called consonants. However, there are many cases where the decision is not so easy to make. One problem is that some English sounds that we think of as consonants, such as the sounds at the beginning of the words 'hay' and 'way', do not really obstruct the flow of air more than some vowels do. Another problem is that different languages have different ways of dividing their sounds into vowels and consonants; for example, the usual sound produced at the beginning of the word 'red' is felt to be a consonant by most English speakers, but in some other lan- guages e.
Mandarin Chinese the same sound is treated as one of the vowels. If we say that the difference between vowels and consonants is a difference in the way that they are produced, there will inevitably be some cases of uncertainty or disagreement; this is a problem that cannot be avoided. It is possible to establish two distinct groups of sounds vowels and consonants in another way.
Consider English words beginning with the sound h; what sounds can come next after this h? We find that most of the sounds we normally think of as vowels can follow e. Now think of English words beginning with the two sounds bI; we find many cases where a consonant can follow e.
What we are doing here is looking at the different contexts and positions in which particular sounds can occur; this is the study of the distribution of the sounds, and is of great importance in phonology.
Study of the sounds found at the beginning and end of English words has shown that two groups of sounds with quite different patterns of distribution can be identified, and these two groups are those of vowel and consonant.
If we look at the vowel-consonant distinction in this way, we must say that the most important difference between vowel and consonant is not the way that they are made, but their different distributions. It is important to remember that the distribution of vowels and consonants is different for each language. We begin the study of English sounds in this course by looking at vowels, and it is necessary to say something about vowels in general before turning to the vowels of English.
We need to know in what ways vowels differ from each other. The first matter to consider is the shape and position of the tongue. It is usual to simplify the very complex possibilities by describing just two things: Let us look at some examples: The difference between i: Tongue height can be changed by moving the tongue up or down, or moving the lower jaw up or down.
Usually we use some combination of the two sorts of movement, but when drawing side-of-the-head diagrams such as Fig. So we would illustrate the tongue height difference between i: By changing the shape of the tongue we can produce vowels in which a different part of the tongue is the highest point. A vowel in which the back of the tongue is the highest point is called a back vowel. So now we have seen how four vowels differ from each other; we can show this in a simple diagram.
Phoneticians need a very accurate way of classifying vowels, and have developed a set of vowels which are arranged in a close-open, front-back diagram similar to the one above but which are not the vowels of any particular language. These cardinal vowels are a standard reference system, and people being trained in phonetics at an advanced level have to learn to make them accurately and recognise them correctly.
If you learn the cardinal vowels, you are not learning to make English sounds, but you are learning about the range of vowels that the human vocal apparatus can make, and also learning a useful way of describing, classifying and comparing vowels. They are recorded on Track 79 of CD 7. It has become traditional to locate cardinal vowels on a four-sided figure a quadrilateral of the shape seen in Fig. The exact shape is not really important - a square would do quite well - but we will use the traditional shape.
The vowels in Fig. In this course cardinal vowels are printed within square brackets [ ] to distinguish them clearly from English vowel sounds. Cardinal vowel no. After establishing these extreme points, it is possible to put in intermediate points vowels no. Many students when they hear these vowels find that they sound strange and exaggerated; you must remember that they are extremes of vowel quality. It is useful to think of the cardinal vowel framework like a map of an area or country that you are interested in.
If the map is to be useful to you it must cover all the area; but if it covers the whole area of interest it must inevitably go a little way beyond that and include some places that you might never want to go to. When you are familiar with these extreme vowels, you have as mentioned above learned a way of describing, classifying and comparing vowels. We have now looked at how we can classify vowels according to their tongue height and their frontness or backness.
There is another important variable of vowel quality, and that is lip-position. Although the lips can have many different shapes and positions, we will at this stage consider only three possibilities. These are: This is most clearly seen in cardinal vowel no. The noise most English people make when they are hesitating written 'er' has neutral lip position.
Now, using the principles that have just been explained, we will examine some of the English vowels. The symbols for these short vowels are: Short vowels are only relatively short; as we shall see later, vowels can have quite different lengths in different contexts. Each vowel is described in relation to the cardinal vowels. The lips are slightly spread. The lip position is neutral.
The lips are slightly rounded. The lips are rounded. This central vowel - which is called schwa - is a very familiar sound in English; it is heard in the first syllable of the words 'about', 'oppose', 'perhaps', for example.
Since it is different from the other vowels in several important ways, we will study it separately in Chapter 1. Notes on problems and further reading One of the most difficult aspects of phonetics at this stage is the large number of technical terms that have to be learned.
Every phonetics textbook gives a description of the articulators. Useful introductions are Ladefoged Chapter 9 , Ashby , and Ashby and Maidment Chapter 7. An important discussion of the vowel-consonant distinction is by Pike He suggested that since the two approaches to the distinction produce such different results we should use new terms: This leaves the terms "vowel" and "consonant" for use in labelling phonological elements according to their distribution and their role in syllable structure; see Section 8.
While vowels are usually vocoids and consonants are usually contoids, this is not always the case; for example, j in 'yet' and w in 'wet' are phonetically vocoids but function pho- nologically as consonants.
A study of the distributional differences between vowels and consonants in English is described in O'Connor and Trim ; a briefer treatment is in Cruttenden Sections 7.
The classification of vowels has a large literature: I would recommend Jones Chapter 5 ; Ladefoged gives a brief introduction in Chapter 9, and much more detail in Chapter 1; see also Abercrombie The Handbook of the International Phonetic Association Section 7.
Written exercises 9 On the diagram provided, various articulators are indicated by labelled arrows a-e. Give the names for the articulators.
In this chapter we look at other types of English vowel sound. The first to be introduced here are the five long vowels; these are the vowels which tend to be longer than the short vowels in similar contexts. It is necessary to say "in similar contexts" because, as we shall see later, the length of all English vowel sounds varies very much according to their context such as the type of sound that follows them and the presence or absence of stress.
The five long vowels are different from the six short vowels described in Chapter 7, not only in length but also in quality. For this reason, all the long vowels have symbols which are different from those of short vowels; you can see that the long and short vowel symbols would still all be different from each other even if we omitted the length mark, so it is important to remember that the length mark is used not because it is essential but because it helps learners to remember the length difference.
Although the tongue shape is not much different from cardinal vowel no. This vowel is almost fully back and has quite strong lip-rounding. A vowel which remains constant and does not glide is called a pure vowel. In terms of length, diphthongs are similar to the long vowels described above. Foreign learners should, therefore, always remember that the last part of English diphthongs must not be made too strongly.
The easiest way to remember them is in terms of three groups divided as in this diagram Fig. The closing diphthongs have the characteristic that they all end with a glide towards a closer vowel.
Because the second part of the diphthong is weak, they often do not reach a position that could be called close. The important thing is that a glide from a relatively more open towards a relatively closer vowel is produced.
Two diphthongs glide towards U, so that as the tongue moves closer to the roof of the mouth there is at the same time a rounding movement of the lips. This movement is not a large one, again because the second part of the diphthong is weak. There is only slight lip-rounding. They can be rather difficult to pronounce, and very difficult to recognise.
The triphthongs can be looked on as being composed of the five closing diphthongs described in the last section, with O added on the end.
Thus we get: Because of this, the middle of the three vowel qualities of the triphthong i. To add to the difficulty, there is also the problem of whether a triphthong is felt to contain one or two syllables.
We will not go through a detailed description of each triphthong. However, to help identify these triphthongs, some example words are given here: Long vowels and diphthongs can be seen as a group of vowel sounds that are consistently longer in a given context than the short vowels described in the previous chapter.
Some writers give the label tense to long vowels and diphthongs and lax to the short vowels. Giegerich explains how this concept applies to three different accents of English: The accents are described in 7.
Jakobson and Halle explain the historical background to the distinction, which plays an important role in the treatment of the English vowel system by Chomsky and Halle Section 5. As an example of a contemporary difference in symbol choice, see Kreidler , 7. This is not normally proposed, however. It seems that triphthongs in BBC pronunciation are in a rather unstable state, resulting in the loss of some distinctions: Gimson suggested that this shows a change in progress in the phonemic system of RP.
Most of the essential pronunciation features of the diphthongs are described in Chapter 7. One of the most common pronunciation characteristics that result in a learner of English being judged to have a foreign accent is the production of pure vowels where a diphthong should be pronounced e. Two additional points are worth making.
However, I feel that it is important for foreign learners to be aware of this diphthong because of the distinctiveness of words in pairs like 'moor' and 'more', 'poor' and 'paw' for many speakers. English speakers seem to be specially sensitive to the quality of this diphthong, particularly to the first part.
Unfortunately, this gives the impression of someone trying to copy a "posh" or upper- class accent: Written exercises 9 On the vowel diagram provided, indicate the glides for the diphthongs in the following words: The larynx has several very important functions in speech, but before we can look at these functions we must examine its anatomy and physiology - that is, how it is constructed and how it works.
The larynx is in the neck; it has several parts, shown in Fig. Its main structure is made of cartilage, a material that is similar to bone but less hard. If you press down on your nose, the hard part that you can feel is cartilage. The larynx's structure is made of two large cartilages.
These are hollow and are attached to the top of the trachea; when we breathe, the air passes through the trachea and the larynx. This point is commonly called the Adam's Apple. Inside the "box" made by these two cartilages are the vocal folds, which are two thick flaps of muscle rather like a pair of lips; an older name for these is vocal cords.
Looking down the throat is difficult to do, and requires special optical equipment, but Fig. At the front the vocal folds are joined together and fixed to the inside of the thyroid cartilage. At the back they are attached to a pair of Fig.
The arytenoid cartilages are attached to the top of the cricoid cartilage, but they can move so as to move the vocal folds apart or together Fig. We use the word glottis to refer to the opening between the vocal folds. If the vocal folds are apart we say that the glottis is open; if they are pressed together we say that the glottis is closed.
This seems quite simple, but in fact we can produce a very complex range of changes in the vocal folds and their positions. These changes are often important in speech. Let us first look at four easily recognisable states of the vocal folds; it would be useful to practise moving your vocal folds into these different positions. The vocal folds are wide apart for normal breathing and usually during voiceless consonants like p, f, s Fig.
Your vocal folds are probably apart now. If air is passed through the glottis when it is narrowed as in Fig. The sound is not very different from a whispered vowel.
It is called a voiceless glottal fricative. Fricatives are discussed in more detail in Chapter 6. Practise saying hahahaha - alternating between this state of the vocal folds and that described in iii below. When the edges of the vocal folds are touching each other, or nearly touching, air passing through the glottis will usually cause vibration Fig. Air is pressed up from the lungs and this air pushes the vocal folds apart so that a little air escapes.
This opening and closing happens very rapidly and is repeated regularly, roughly between two and three hundred times per second in a woman's voice and about half that rate in an adult man's voice.
The vocal folds can be firmly pressed together so that air cannot pass between them Fig. When this happens in speech we call it a glottal stop or glottal plosive, for which we use the symbol?. You can practise this by coughing gently; then practise the sequence a?
The normal way for this airflow to be produced is for some of the air in the lungs to be pushed out; when air is made to move out of the lungs we say that there is an egressive pulmonic airstream.
All speech sounds are made with some movement of air, and the egressive pulmonic is by far the most commonly found air movement in the languages of the world. There are other ways of making air move in the vocal tract, but they are not usually relevant in the study of English pronunciation, so we will not discuss them here. How is air moved into and out of the lungs? Knowing about this is important, since it will make it easier to understand many aspects of speech, particularly the nature of stress and intonation.
The lungs are like sponges that can fill with air, and they are contained within the rib cage Fig. If we allow the rib cage to return to its rest position quite slowly, some of the air is expelled and can be used for producing speech sounds. If we wish to make the egressive pulmonic airstream continue without breathing in again - for example, when saying a long sentence and not wanting to be interrupted - we can make the rib cage press down on the lungs so that more air is expelled.
In talking about making air flow into and out of the lungs, the process has been described as though the air were free to pass with no obstruction. But, as we saw in Chapter 7, to make speech sounds we must obstruct the airflow in some way - breathing by itself makes very little sound.
We obstruct the airflow by making one or more obstructions or strictures in the vocal tract, and one place where we can make a stricture is in the larynx, by bringing the vocal folds close to each other as described in the previous section.
Remember that there will be no vocal fold vibration unless the vocal folds are in the correct position and the air below the vocal folds is under enough pressure to be forced through the glottis. If the vocal folds vibrate we will hear the sound that we call voicing or phonation.
There are many different sorts of voicing that we can produce - think of the differences in the quality of your voice between singing, shouting and speaking quietly, or think of the different voices you might use reading a story to young children in which you have to read out what is said by characters such as giants, fairies, mice or ducks; many of the differences are made with the larynx.
We can make changes in the vocal folds themselves - they can, for example, be made longer or shorter, more tense or more relaxed or be more or less strongly pressed together.
The pressure of the air below the vocal folds the subglottal pressure can also be varied. Three main differences are found: We produce voicing with high intensity for shouting, for example, and with low intensity for speaking quietly.
If the vocal folds vibrate rapidly, the voicing is at high frequency; if there are fewer vibrations per second, the frequency is lower. We can produce different-sounding voice qualities, such as those we might call harsh, breathy, murmured or creaky.
The stricture is, then, total. This noise is called plosion. To give a complete description of a plosive consonant we must describe what happens at each of the following four phases in its production: We call this the closing phase. We call this the compression phase.
This is the release phase. The glottal plosive? The plosives have different places of articulation. Each chapter is followed by short additional sections. The way in which this book is designed for students using the course under the direction of a tutor is as follows: This provides an opportunity to discuss the material in the chapter.
Exercise l. If you are working through the course individually you will of course arrange your own way of proceeding. If you are a non-native speaker of English. The book begins with Chapter 1 which is an Introduction. Ex 1 indicates Audio Unit l.
If you are a native speaker of English. When there is a relevant recorded exercise the follow- ing symbol is placed in the margin with a reference to the exercise: The material is the same in both cases. The cassette version was designed for use in a language laboratory. Please read the Introduction. Third Edition Peter Roach Frontmatter More information on cassette which comprises practical exercise material.
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