Accents and Dialects for Stage and Screen (with 12 CDs) Paperback – WAV, 2012
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This easy-to-follow yet incredibly detailed 370-page book is the industry standard on accents and dialects of the English language. This is the updated, improved and perfect-bound 2012 edition, with photos. You get not only a proven system of instruction instead of mere voice mimicry, but an invaluable collection of 12 CDs. Paul Meier is a leading dialect coach for theatre and film, and contained in this impressive publication is his entire standard repertoire of the 24 most valuable accents and dialects for actors: Afrikaans (South Africa), American Deep South (Mississippi/Georgia/Alabama), American Southern (Kentucky/Tennessee), Australian, Cockney, Downeast New England, French, General American, German, Hampshire, Indian, Irish, Italian, Liverpool, New York, Northern Ireland, Russian, Scottish, South Boston, Spanish (Castilian & Colonial), Standard British English (Received Pronunciation), Welsh, Yiddish, and Yorkshire. Coaching many famous actors (Tobey Maguire, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo, etc.), Meier has also taught dialects at RADA, LAMDA, Webber-Douglas, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and other famous institutions. In addition to his user-friendly practice material, for each dialect Paul coaches you in two monologues (one male and one female) from a well-known play or film, and links you to the hundreds of online recordings of native speakers on his International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA). Further enhancing the value of the book are his interactive IPA phonetics charts, in addition to information on his unique show-specific dialect CDs for hundreds of plays and musicals, custom CD recording, and phone-coaching services. Easy enough for the beginner, rigorous enough for the experienced professional.
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I recommend this book to all my actor friends.
This complete collection of Paul Meier's individual accent CDs outlines all the most frequently requested accents from the exhaustive list of actors that he coaches every day.
ADFSS uses IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) to show exactly how sounds shift from accent to accent and accurately map where to place them, giving a clear and user-friendly breakdown of all the terms used.
Each section is based on clips of native speakers, which can be found online at IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive), the vast online resource of accent samples of which Paul Meier is the Founder and Director.
Sound changes are broken down in order of importance, with the most distinguishing sounds first and additional touches later on in the section should you have time to incorporate these too. To help you learn the sound changes, they are demonstrated by the author in specially devised practice sentences.
For anyone who wants to speak in an accent other than their own, this book excels at demystifying the process, and will also fuel your curiosity for the subject of accents in their wider context. As a Dialect Coach myself, I would not hesitate to recommend it to my clients.
Paul Meier's instructions are clear and concise with the CDs helping to reinforce the learning. The man clearly knows his dipthongs from his glottal stops and this book will enable you to create the vocal style you need.
Key sound groups from each accent are explained phonetically with instructions to help you shape the sounds referred to. Sets of words are listed to help you practice and achieve that pattern of speech and further examples incorporate set pieces of dialogue which can be heard and copied.