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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.


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Nice introduction 21 Feb 2005
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This is an enjoyable little volume in the Oxford Introductions to Language Studies series. Roach begins with an overview and then directs our attention to the production of speech sounds and the creation of vowels, consonants, and tones. He also covers suprasegmentals, acoustics, and the use of sounds to compliment one another in the creation of meaning.

My only complaint with this book is its emphasis on the BBC accent. This alienates those who are unfamiliar with this accent or those from other areas who are concerned rather with their own accent. This critique could be broadened to include most of this Oxford series so this criticism is not particular to Roach.
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