I am looking for a good set of British English IPA sounds. The few I have found aren't very clear. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
Thanks. I will try to get hold of that cd-rom, although I don't want the book.
Do you know if where I can just purchase the cd-rom?
what is APA?
The IPA is the International Phonetic Alphabet. I am looking for pronunciation of all the British English sounds so that my student can listen and see the coressponding IPA symbol.
# CD-ROM: 1 pages
# Publisher: Pearson Longman (13 Mar 2007)
# Language English
# ISBN-10: 1405851864
# ISBN-13: 978-1405851862
They also say 'currently unavailable'.
PS They also omit the diphthong /ʊə/; I don't know how you feel about this. I know some native speakers pronounce 'poor' to rhyme with 'pore', but many of us don't. This makes the Cutting Edge version of English phonemes number only 43. I suspect this is an 'efficiency' that is in the process of happening; I (and many other native speakers) pronounce 'poor' /pʊə/ but 'door' /dɔ:/ (and I've heard people pronouncing both with either vowel - some say /pʊə/ and /dʊə/, others say /pɔ:/ and /dɔ:/. Perhaps in years to come this will be known as part of the Little Vowel Shift.
Last edited by BobK; 10-Dec-2009 at 17:03. Reason: Added PS
Thank you very much for the information, BobK.
I will keep an eye on the CD at Amazon.
Also, the omission of that diphthong isn't that bad. I pronounce 'poor' the same way as 'pore'.
That Little Vowel Shift sounds interesting. I'll remember where I heard about it first!
Last edited by teachenglish1; 12-Dec-2009 at 01:02. Reason: 1
thanks ! ! !
When I studied linguistics in college and ran into the IPA, I despaired.
Now, in retrospect, I think it is unduly complicated for the layman.
Why would you worry? If you sound slightly British (or American), just consider it "style", or else your "linguistic passport", id, fingerprint.