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Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen: Deluxe Edition (with streaming audio) Paperback – 1 January 2020
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All the exercises contained herein can be streamed directly from Paul Meier’s website (password protected), and his renditions are truly exemplary. So they should be - he has an impressive CV, including both stage and film.
For each dialect or accent Paul talks you through its unique phonetic characteristics, or “signature sounds”, before putting them into the context of actual sentences.
He then moves on to sentences that make use of combinations of signature sounds, and finally demonstrates some full monologues, with ample time for repetition.
There are also useful notes on rhythm, stress, intonation and tone, as well as additional miscellaneous features.
Native-speaker recordings from IDEA (dialect archive) are cited, and the example sentences and monologues are accompanied by International Phonetic Alphabet spellings.
These comprise Paul’s “seven-step method”, and this methodical and simple approach works wonders. Within just half an hour of practice I was mimicking a passable Scottish accent.
The sound files are easily accessible. I had no problem at all with the password, although there is a help link available should you encounter issues.
This deluxe streaming edition contains: Afrikaans, Australian, French, German, Jamaican, Indian, Irish, Italian, Northern Irish, Russian, Scottish, Spanish, Welsh, and Yiddish; these American dialects: Mid-South, Deep South, New England, New York, South Boston, and generic American; and these English dialects: Brummie, Cockney, Estuary, Hampshire, Scouse, Yorkshire, and Received Pronunciation.
I’m studying the book for fun and roleplaying games, but it is surely essential reading/listening for any budding or established stage, screen or voice actor.
Great for beginners of ipa but could be way more helpful
It has a large list but it hard to know what you’re missing from the words not included