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Actor's Encyclopedia of Dialects

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ISBN-13: 978-0806976280
ISBN-10: 0806976284
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services (February 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806976284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806976280
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,471,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It truly is a pity that "Actor's Encyclopedia of Dialects" has gone out of print.

I checked it out from my local library several years ago before I auditioned for "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." After studying this book, my Cockney was never once criticized.

"AEoD" covers many dialects with their more specific areas (sub dialects, if you will):

-German
-Italian
-Polish
-Yiddish
-Cockney
-Indian
-Hungarian
and many more (at least 23 in total)!

Each dialect chapter has practice pages, a paragraph or so on music & rhthym, and some (if not all) give movie examples (i.e. Tevye's Yiddish in "Fiddler on the Roof", and Eliza Dolittle's Cockney in "My Fair Lady.")

Mind, it takes some concentration to "translate" the symbols they use. I recommend printing out the Symbol Guide pages so you don't have to flip back and forth through the book. But it doesn't take a trained professional (or anyone with any training) to comprehend them.
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I know that Don was fluent in many languages and could easily describe the variances and nuances language has for its telltale idiosyncrasies. He is very missed.
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Not what I had hoped it would be.
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