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Speaking clearly. Improving voice and articulation: Фонетический практикум

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В практикуме указываются причины появления русского акцента в речи русскоязычных студентов, говорящих на английском языке, и приводятся методические приемы и упражнения по его устранению. Упражнения способствуют лучшему усвоению и тренировке английского произношения, ритма, закреплению интонационных моделей в двух видах речевой деятельности: чтении и спонтанном говорении. Данный практикум предназначен для студентов гуманитарных факультетов, факультетов прикладных наук, аспирантов, преподавателей, а также всех желающих улучшить английское произношение и приобрести английский акцент при изучении английского языка.

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      The eight di phthongs are usually grouped into three types, de-
pending on the tongue movement involved.
      The first group ends with a glide towards the [!] vowel in the
centre of the mouth,and are called centring di phthongs. They are heard
in the words «here», «air» and «sure». The remainder end with a glide
towards a higher position in the mouth, and are called closing di ph-
thongs. One type of closing di phthong moves in the direction of a [i]
quality at the front of the vowel area. These sounds are heard in the
words «they», «cry» and «toy». The other type of closing di phthong
moves in the direction of [u] qaulity at the back of the vowel area (and
thus adds some li p rounding). These sounds are heard in the words
«so» and «how».

                          S E C T I O N II
                         (American notation)

                         VOWEL SOUNDS
     1. The long a.
       a) The day May plays, Ray remains and finds ways to stay,
          weighing his crayfish daily.
       b) Is it crazy to say the raisins on the gray tray stay today?
     2. The short a (aah).
       a) Can the tan man carry sand as fast as rabbits ran?
       b) Land is grand but Sam demands amnesty.
     3. The broad a (aw).
       a) I thought not, but ought to have sought Maud’s awful
          daughter’s awesome thoughts.
     4. The forward ah.
       a) Father was blah. Aloha to Ma.
       b) Modern moms are not Tod’s toddling sobs.
     5. The long e.
       a) Queenie sees he greets a leech.
       b) See the green trees lean in between Lee’s feet.

     6. The short i (ih).
       a) Mitch’s fiddle wilted in his kilt.
       b) Milk fills Lil’s little window sill with dill.
     7. The short e (eh).
       a) Yet, meadows meant the wench’s kettle was left.
       b) Get ready to set the record, Ted.
     8. The long o.
       a) Oh no, the toad’s load of gold is sold.
       b) Toes showed as Joe’s nose glowed.
     9. The short o (ah).
       a) He drops mops from the mountaintops.
       b) Bob shopped for corncobs.
     10. The long oo.
       a) In truth, vermouth soothes my tooth.
       b) Soon the loons are oozing soup.
     11. The short u (uh).
       a) Lug, tug and shrug off the bugs.
       b) Cousin’s mustard must muddle in mundane mugs.
     12. The very short u (ooh).
       a) Look at good books in Sugarnook.
       b) Should footballs be put in the woods? We would if we could.

                     CONSONANT SOUNDS
     1. Blanche’s bonny baby buggy had big black rubber bumpers.
     2. Bobby bought Betty a beautiful bouquet of blossoming blos-
     3. Butch, the burglar, bore a black beret and a blue bludgeon.
     4. Bright brass and ebony bassoons bedecked the blackened band-
     /ch/ and hard-c [k]
     5. Her chum chose to choke the chicken and chop the chives.
     6. The church choir chose a Christian charity.
     7. A cunning chi pper chi pmunk chattered while itching his
        chin creatively.

8. Mitchell chilled as Charley pitched curves, crying «Come
   chide the churlish crowd!»
9. Daddy dutifully ducked the dreadful dirk tossed by the addled
10. Don’t demonstrate sadness in delightfully droll and dramatic
11. Deirdre danced the di psy doodle during the thousand dollar
12. The widow padded down the ladder before paddling in the
    drainage ditch.
13. Our friend graphed the laughs, as his foe fell flatly on his face.
14. Freddie felt that the African safary would be a fairly fashion-
    able, but fearful affair.
15. Molly’s folly fully fell on the staff’s feelings for freedom.
16. The flying calf with the rough cough was fairly fast and
     fantastically fleet of foot as he frequently flopped.
17. Gracie was a good gal as she gleefully clogged in the green
18. The guy in the green glade gamboled groggily and gamely
    against the gravelly ground.
19. Gluttonous Greg gambled that the gray gumbo was guaran-
    teed against gaseous groveling.
20. The gracious graybeard gleefully ignored the girl’s grin.
21. Hal hoped the haggard hobo had half-heartedly helped her.
22. How happily Harriet held her hamburger!
23. The humongous humanoid hardly heard his hollering for help.
24. The hugely abhorrent hummock heaved horridly high on the hill.
/j/ and /dg/
25. Jittery Jill jerked away from the edge of the ledge where her
    jump rope was lodged.
26. June judged grudgingly that the jetty was justifiable.
27. Jolly Judy hedged her joy judiciously as she jumped the sedge.
28. Judge Budge adjudicated against Madge’s badge.

     29. Jade’s jello salad nudged Jim from his jungle gym.
     30. Loose li ps lose lovers with lies.
     31. «Lavender and lace look lovely», Lucy laughed.
     32. Let’s lose those lazy lumberjacks.
     33. Lily lolled lazily as the miller milled her millet in the
          languishing light.
     34. Silly little Billie laughed delightedly at the lovely yellow lark.
     35. Willie worked willingly to establish his claim to a million
         zillion dollars.
     36. The hill Lama’s llama, when fully wooly, always lost its pelt.
     37. The immature miserable midget claimed to know many mar-
         velous, melodic, rhythmic hymns.
     38. Many a man is inestimably moronic when he moans, mut-
         ters, meanders, and mumbles about a madonna-like woman.
     39. Magic, mambos, and mumbo-jumbo made Millie immensely
         manic amidst Mannie’s military menage.
     40. Mundane, unimaginative employers may miss the moment
         to employ amiable multi-talented immigrants.
     41. Incredibly talented Fanny innocently planned never to plunk
         a clinker.
     42. «Innuendo», nattered Netty, «can do a number on any-
     43. Norman’s intricate imagination never unnerved Nathan’s
         nosy neighbor.
     44. Normally insensitive nomads indicated ninety-nine nearby
         native towns as inhospitable.
     45. An English singer sang long, lilting, but maddening songs.
     46. The stunningly winged angel was strumming and humming a
         song dreamingly.
     47. No songbird, the Kingfisher was flying long and strongly
         over the fishing Englebert.
     48. Many fanged mutts mingled as they mangled and tangled

49. Phoebe Pappadopolis apathetically picked at the peck of pickled
    peppers as she antici pated the apocalypse.
50. Papa Paul, appointed to apportion the papers, appreciated
    pretty appliques.
51. Petty Patty’s apparel apparently appealed to apple polishers.
52. Patently, a prowling predator preferred people to pansies.
53. Rarely rapid, the river roamed restlessly.
54. The brown bear, warily retreating, growled her threat as she
    reacted rapidly to the rare encroachment on her lair.
55. The darling deer ran daringly through the forest fire.
56. Rabbits and giraffes rarely roar, but bears roar repeatedly.
57. Sassy Suzy spoke several sibilants uneasily.
58. Since September, the snow has passed us by.
59. The steak sizzled on the spit, as Sam spoke sharply to Sue.
60. Sarsaparillaseems insi pid to strangers steeped in Scotch.
/sh (ch)/
61. Cashews should never be hashed, mashed, or washed.
62. Sharon shook with shock, as the shark sheared shatteringly
    near Susan.
63. Charlene’s shellacked chateau shone through the shimmer-
    ing, shining, sunlit snow.
64. Short, shrewd, shrewish, showy Charmaine shrieked at the
    shrinking shellfish.
65. Tatiana told terrible tales about the Tsar.
66. Theresa’s titian tresses tangled in the trellis, as she tried to
    transcend her transgressions.
67. Tommy Teeter talked with a taut Texan twang.
68. Tweedledee and Tweededum tittered at the turtle that was
    trying desperately to turn right side up.
/th/ (unvoiced)
69. Sheherasade might have thought of a thousand and three
70. Thad thought thimbles and threads were thrilling to throngs.

     71. Think of monstrous mythical scythes.
     72. Theodore wrathfully thwarted Thad’s path.
     73. The transonic jet threw open the throttle, gathered thrust and,
         thundering through to Thebes, made a three-point landing.
     /th/ (voiced)
     74. Whether the weathermen gathered them, wreaths are rather
     75. Lathered leather sometimes rather made the man ill.
     76. Feathers are rather rare in the heather.
     77. The Venetian vagrant was served veal on the varander.
     78. The venerable vagabond veered and swerved through the
         verdant valley.
     79. A vile, evil vampire eviscerated the virgin.
     80. The very valuable vase was covered with verdigris.
     81. Eloise and Aloysius were worried about the walrus in the
     82. One wouldn’t want worse weather!
     83. Wanda wandered to the wishing well where she wistfully
         wished for wealth.
     84. Walter wondered whether Woody was just wooly-headed or
         wonderfully woozy with wine.
     85. Yuri yelped and yapped when he saw the yellow yak on his
     86. William yielded the yogurt to the young yogi.
     87. The youthful millionaire was used to yokels yearning for
     88. An angry yegg abused the useless xylophone played by Xavier.
     /z (s)/
     89.The zaftig Zenobiazi pped crazily across the miserable zoo.
     90. Byzz, a zestful but zany zealot, caused the zither to dither.
     91. The jazz made the muzzled Zebra crazy, so he zi pped off
         through the zinnias.
     92. The fuzzy bees buzzed busily as Zachary searched for bee

        /zh (sh)/
        93. Midas took no measure of pleasure in his treasure.
        94. Leisure is usually indicated after a seizure.
        95. Jacque’s hat was beige.
        96. A surgeon’s decision about an incision is critical.
        97. Many see visions with precision in an azure sky.

        U N I T IV

                            SECTION I

                         ENGLISH RHYTHM
       This is what English phoneticians say about rhythm: «It occa-
sionally happens that a foreign student acquires faultless pronunciation
and even correct intonation, and one wonders what it is that betrays
his non-English origin. It is, in these circumstances, his faulty
rhythm»1. «Rhythm and intonation; two features of pronunciation
upon which intelligibility largely rest. The surest way to become unin-
telligible in a language is to distort its natural rhythm»2.
       In the light of the above quotations the importance of studying
English rhythm systematically and thoroughly is obvious. Many En-
glish authors of books on teaching English recommend teaching rhythm
before teaching intonation. They think, too, that rhythm is best taught
through verse, where because of the requirements of the metre, rhythm
is very regular.
       Rhythm is a regular recurrence of some phenomenon in time,
e.g. the rhythm of the tides, the rhythm of the seasons, the rhythm of
the bodily functions, etc.
       Speech rhythm is inseparable from the syllabic structure of the
language. There are two main kinds of speech rhythm. As far as it is
known, every language in the world is spoken with one kind of

       B.Lumsden Milne. English Speech Rhythm in Theory and Practice.

London, 1957. P. 4.
       Linguaphone Conversational Course, English. Tartu, 1963. P. 7.
       Abercrombie D. Elements of General Phonetics. Edinburgh, 1967.

rhythm or with the other. In the one kind, known as a syllable-timed
rhythm, the syllables recur at equal intervals of time — they are
isochronous. In the other kind, known as a stress-timed rhythm,
stressed syllables are isochronous. English, Russian, Arabic illustrate
this other mode: they are stress-timed languages 3.
      From the point of view of rhythm, a sense-group in English is
divided into rhythmical groups, like bars in music. There are as many
rhythmical groups in a sense-group as there are stressed syllables. A
minimal rhythmical group consists of nothing but a stressed syllable.
Most rhythmical groups consist of a stressed syllable and one or more
unstressed ones. In ordinary speech the number of unstressed syllables
between each consecutive pair of stresses varies considerably. In verse,
where a definite regularity in the alternation of stressed and unstressed
syllables is required by the metre, rhythm can be observed very easily.
      The basic rules of English rhythm that an adult learner may
find useful are as follows:
      1. The stressed syllables in a sense-group follow each other at
regular intervals of time; only in very long rhythmic groups, contain-
ing many unstressed syllables, this regularity is not strictly observed.
      2. Most non-initial rhythmic groups begin with a stressed syl-
lable; unstressed syllables occurring inside a sense-group have a ten-
dency to cling to the preceding stressed syllable, forming its enclitics;
only initial unstressed syllables always cling to the following stressed
syllable, forming its proclitics 1.
      3. The greater the number of unstressed syllables intervening
between stressed ones, the more rapidly they are pronounced.
      4. Each sense-group has a rhythm of its own, depending on the
degree of semantic importance attached to it in comparison with the
other sense-groups of the utterance.
      Listen and read the exercises. Don’t forget to divide the sentences
into rhythmic groups. Tap the rhythm.
      Exercise 1. The following word-combinations in English usually
have a full stress on each word: adjective-noun, adverb-adjective, ad-
      Brown dog / sharp pen / round table / very hard / quite
pleasant / nearly finished / almost everything / fairly quick / half
        Gimson A. An Introduction to the Pronunciation of English. Lon-
don, 1966.; J.D. O’Connor. Better English Pronunciation. Cambridge, 1977.

dressed / well-done / carefully prepared / very peculiar / several
languages / female company /
      Exercise 2. With several significant words occur together, care
must be taken to give them full stresses. The stressed syllables in this
exercise should be spaced in a regular rhythm.
      A book / a good book / a very good book / a very good text-book /
a very good school text-book /
      The day / the whole day / nearly the whole day / very nearly
the whole day / very nearly the whole day long /
      A lorry / a heavy lorry / a heavy lorry with a load / a heavy lorry
with a load of wood / a heavy lorry with a full load of wood / a heavy
lorry with a full load of two tons of wood.
      A clock / my friend’s clock / the hands of my friend’s clock /
the metal hands of my friend’s clock / the two broken metal hands of
my friend’s clock /
      Shoes / a pair of shoes / a dirty pair of shoes / a dirty pair of
brown shoes / a dirty pair of brown leather shoes / two very dirty
pairs of brown leather shoes /
      Exercise 3. Da— da
      (da — stressed syllable
      de — unstressed syllable).
      Come here / look out / what for? / where to? / inside / on top
/ no more / speak up / sit down / downstairs / say «yes» / try hard /
wash up / break down / ask John / go slow / where from? / which
one?/ hold tight / in time / no use / please do / no thanks / yes,
please / no good / all right / run fast / work hard / who’s that?/ not
quite / quite right / that’s true / just then / half way / armchair /
write soon / read this /
      Exercise 4. Da— de— da.
      Try again / not enough / look inside / show me yours / do it
now / not so fast / lend a hand / cut the bread / make the tea / run
away / go to sleep / have a drink / drive a car / break it up / what is
that / what’s it for / practise hard / sing a song / write it down / draw
a line / that’s a lie / take it home / have a go / having lunch / who’re
you?/ where’s he from?/ hurry up / move along / light the fire / fast
asleep / cold as ice / change your shoes / where’s your hat?/ time

for bed / here’s some tea / lemonade / half an hour / long ago / can’t
be done / quite unknown / just in front / ring me up / ill in bed /
      Exercise 5. De— da— de.
       I think so / I thought so / I’d like to / to please them / a hand-
full / a pity / of course not / I’d love to / he couldn’t / as well as / for
ever / they may be / to try it / at breakfast / the paper / she had to
/ it’s early / she’s ready / with pleasure / I’m sorry / just listen / but
why not?/ I’ve read it / a lot of / without me / in daytime / a nuisance
/ the answer / I’d rather / it’s broken /
      Exercise 6. De — da — de — de.
      I think it is / I’d like you to / to practise it / a bucketful / it’s
possible / we oughtn’t to / he wanted it / he wants us to / they knew
it was / a little one / a lot of it / they’ve finished it / he thinks he can
/ I thought it was / I’ve heard of it / it used to be / get rid of it / we
asked them to / he lent me one / he’s used to it / let’s give her some
/ be nice to her / a friend of mine / it’s beautiful / she came with us
/ because od it / we spoke to them / I studied it / there isn’t one / I’ve
paid for it /
      Exercise 7. Da — de — de — da.
       Writing it now / send him away / reading aloud / terribly slow /
give him a book / what is the time?/ sing us a song / running away / top
of the class / hardly enough / are you awake?/ throw it away / send me
a card / give me a ring / playing a game / meet me tonight / where have
they gone?/ where have you been?/ what have you done?/ what is it
for?/ show me the way / gone for a walk / come for a swim / killed in
the war / give him some food / nearly as good / beautiful girl /
handsome young man / cutting the grass / chopping some wood / leave
it alone / not before tea / ready for lunch / when you have time / not
before then / wait till I come / falling asleep / what can you see?/ just
for a while / what did you do?/ get into bed / leave it behind / do it
again / write it in ink / quarter past nine / quarter to ten / see you
tonight / out of the way / carefully read / switch off the light /
      Exercise 8. De — da — de — de — de.
       I’ve eaten them all / a beautiful one / I think it will be / to
satisfy them / I thought it had been / interrogate them / he wanted us
to / in spite of it all / a long time ago / an exercise book / I’ve written

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