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OK, but why the kindergarten terminology?
on 4 November 2015
This is a reasonable handbook with reasonable recordings which all the same shies away from the standard terminology of phonetics (to be fair, many similar books do the same). One pet peeve, for example, is "crunching" instead of "coalescence" (or maybe "assimilation"?). For goodness sake, why is this done? If you were writing a pop science book about astronomy, would you talk about "big round things that go round the Sun", or "planets"? Gee, even if you were writing about body-building, you wouldn't talk of the "big soft blob on your upper leg that you want to make firmer". You'd talk of "quads (or even quadriceps) exercises". Are actors less bright than body builders? Are people who read about pronunciation morons?