Since the publication of the first edition in 1983, this course has established itself as the most practical, comprehensive text in the field and become widely used in many parts of the world in universities and other institutions of higher education. This new edition takes into account recent developments in the teaching of phonology. It includes updated references, fuller coverage of intonation, and a new chapter on different varieties of English with illustrative recorded material. At the end of each chapter in the book there are notes giving information on further reading, discussion of the more challenging issues, written exercises and, where appropriate, suggestions for teachers. In addition the audio CDs include recorded exercises for every chapter which are particularly helpful for non-native speakers. A full answer key is available at the back of the book. Additional exercises and other supporting material are available online.
Peter Roach did his first degree at Oxford (Brasenose College) in Psychology and Philosophy, and then took postgraduate courses in Teaching English Overseas (Manchester University) and in Phonetics (University College London). He was appointed to the Linguistic Science Department of the University of Reading as a lecturer in 1968, teaching phonetics there until 1978, and gaining his PhD. Peter then moved to the University of Leeds to become Senior Lecturer in Phonetics in the Department of Linguistics & Phonetics; then to the Department of Psychology at Leeds where he was was appointed Professor of Cognitive Psychology. He returned to Reading University in 1994 as Professor of Phonetics.
His main interest is in the phonetics of English, where his Cambridge University Press publications include 'English Phonetics and Phonology' and 'The Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary'. His introductory book 'Phonetics' is published by Oxford University Press in the "Oxford Introductions to Language Studies" series. Peter also has research interests in speech perception and in the computer analysis of speech, and has held a number of research grants for work in automatic speech recognition and large-scale computer-readable speech databases. On his retirement the University of Reading awarded Peter the position of Emeritus Professor of Phonetics.