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English Pronunciation in the Eighteenth Century: Thomas Spence's Grand Repository of the English Language [Kindle Edition]

Joan C. Beal

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Thomas Spence's Grand Repository differs from the many English pronouncing dictionaries produced in the late eighteenth century firstly in that it was intended primarily for the lower classes, and secondly in that it used a truly 'phonetic' script in the sense of one sound = one symbol. In this unique account, Joan Beal pays attention to the actual pronunciations with a view to reconstructing what was felt to be 'correct' pronunciation in eighteenth-century Britain.

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"Aside from being a rigorous work in historical phonetics, the book provides a wealth of historical information about the language of the period and the English speakers who cared deeply about the way they spoke their language. While each chapter is a solid work able to stand in its own right, the continuity of the chapters makes for a cohesive corpus. The argument that Spence's work--as well as other studies of eighteenth century English--have not been given adequate attention by historical linguists and that they should be, is a convincing one. Beal has established this both rationally and empirically."--Linguist List

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2938 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (24 Jun. 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002LSHYJY
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,393,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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