The most complete guide available to the correct pronunciation of German for native English speakers. Revised and updated, a new feature for this edition is that the discussion of English-speaking learners' pronunciation problems has been extended to include American learners, reflecting the worldwide usage of the first volume. Each chapter deals with a separate aspect of the problems of modern German pronunciation; vowels, consonants, stress and intonation, and the reduced ('weak') forms of conversational pronunciation. Comprehensively illustrated with clear pronunciation and intonation diagrams emphasising common problems experienced when learning German. The Manchester University Press website also gives readers access to twenty-two audio files which complement the content of the book, providing examples of pronunciation, stress and intonation, and listening exercises.
Phonetics is the study of the sounds of natural language. This chapter breaks down the makings of a word, including the organs we use to create them. The distinction between letters, sounds and phonemes is discussed at length, as well as the effect that context can have on the pronunciation of sounds. The chapter finishes by outlining the basis of articulation.
Consonants play a large role in the recognition of German words, and as such are essential for communication. This chapter details the importance of consonants to the German language, including the ways they're defined and articulated. Instructions and diagrams for all German consonants is included.
This chapter goes beyond the individual consonant and word sounds of German, and examines the interconnected sounds of full utterances. It explores how pronunciation in German is affected by a number of processes, including assimilation, elision and vowel reductions.