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5.0 out of 5 stars Redressing the balance - an absorbing topic, well worth a read
I cannot believe this book only has one review of one paltry star! The book richly deserves higher praise.

Without touching on the methodologies of approach, which will always garner differing opinions, the subject matter is an oft overlooked but hugely fascinating topic.

It indicates that we live in a country where nuances in colloquialism can...
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1.0 out of 5 stars GHOTI versus IPA - no contest
A huge missed opportunity. I can't believe the BBC wasted its resources on this ragbag. At the Voices website there's a vast collection of invaluable stuff. I imagined this might be a key to it. But no - it is a totally different kettle of "ghoti". It says a great deal, but presents the examples in an unintelligible way.
Published on 5 Aug. 2008 by Bob Knowles


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5.0 out of 5 stars Redressing the balance - an absorbing topic, well worth a read, 22 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Talking for Britain: A Journey Through the Nation's Dialects (Hardcover)
I cannot believe this book only has one review of one paltry star! The book richly deserves higher praise.

Without touching on the methodologies of approach, which will always garner differing opinions, the subject matter is an oft overlooked but hugely fascinating topic.

It indicates that we live in a country where nuances in colloquialism can differ from mile to mile. North/South, East/West have distinct differences. We all know Scouse, Brummie, Cockney, Geordie accents but these are only the tip of the iceberg.

Neighbouring towns are often differentiated and self-identified by the slightest linguistic shift. In some areas, entire towns can be divided into different linguistic parts.

This book provides a fantastic introduction to the realm of accents and linguistics.

If you have even the slightest interest in why different words and patterns of speech proliferate in different areas, buy this book as an easy to read and understand grounding in the topic.

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1.0 out of 5 stars GHOTI versus IPA - no contest, 5 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Talking for Britain: A Journey Through the Nation's Dialects (Hardcover)
A huge missed opportunity. I can't believe the BBC wasted its resources on this ragbag. At the Voices website there's a vast collection of invaluable stuff. I imagined this might be a key to it. But no - it is a totally different kettle of "ghoti". It says a great deal, but presents the examples in an unintelligible way.
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