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Prosodic Systems and Intonation in English


  • Page extent: 390 pages
  • Weight: 0.744 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 421/.6
  • Dewey version: n/a
  • LC Classification: PE1139.5 .C7
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English language--Intonation

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521073875 | ISBN-10: 0521073871)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published September 1969

Replaced by 9780521290586

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This book was first published in 1969. Its author, David Crystal OBE, has since written some of the most important books on language and linguistics, including the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (1987) and the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (1995, 2003). Here, he provides the reader with a thorough and fascinating analysis of the patterns of intonation and prosody found within the English language. Crystal begins by contextualising his work on prosody within existing studies, before going on to discuss voice quality and sound attributes in prosodic systems. There are also comprehensive studies of the grammar, semantics and intonation of the spoken English language. This book provides a useful theoretical base for the study of language, prosody and intonation, and will be enjoyed by all with an interest in linguistics and speech patterns in general, and in the academic works of David Crystal more specifically.


Preface; 1. Some preliminary considerations; 2. Past work on prosodic features; 3. Voice-quality and sound attributes in prosodic study; 4. The prosodic features of English; 5. The intonation system of English; 6. The grammar of intonation; 7. The semantics of intonation; Bibliography; Index of persons; Index of subjects.

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