Famous First Words: five more famous novel transcriptions to decipher
Did you successfully decipher all five transcriptions in our first Famous First Words blog post? How about five more… Can you tell which famous novel openings are transcribed in British English below?
You should bear in mind that transcriptions will include connected speech processes and weak forms, while stress marks reflect the most strongly stressed syllables in each phrase (‘phrasal stress’) rather than every stressed syllable of a word as we usually show (‘word stress’). And remember that each transcript shows one possible way of reading these passages aloud – you may stress different syllables or pronounce the words slightly differently!
One final clue: asterisks indicate names and other proper nouns, while (.) is a brief pause and (..) is a longer one. Let us know how you get on!