Well Said: Pronunciation for Clear Communication 3rd Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.17 pounds
- Paperback : 241 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1424006252
- ISBN-13 : 978-1424006250
- Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Heinle Cengage Learning; 3rd Edition (January 1, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #900,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This 3rd edition comes with audio CDs, which is a much preferred medium over the cassette tapes one. The symbols used in INTONATION is visibly easier to understand too.
In general, WELL SAID presents topics of pronunciation in an easy-to-understand style for learners: linguistic terms are simplified or replaced; learners are made aware of the big picture of pronunciation while each of the building blocks is being discussed. For example, weak forms are grouped under RHYTHM instead of being treated as an independent topic like most other books.
Examples and exercise in all of RHYTHM, INTONATION, CONNECTED SPEECH are marvelous and effective to enable learning.
I bought the book and the CDs two weeks ago. I was thrilled with what I'd seen. Then I discovered that an "instructor's manual" has been published. After some searching efforts, I bought my copy elsewhere on the web. The simple instructions there and the concise background information are extremely helpful to instructors.
Having said the above, I wish the following two topics had been included in this 3rd edition:
1 Vowel to vowel linking in Connected speech - consonant to vowel linking is being discussed but I could not find V-V linking
2 Fall-rise tone and Rise-fall tones to be introduced to complete the use of tones.
WELL SAID is a top-notch book. It has handled the most complicated topics in pronunciation most effectively. This is the reason I like this book.