Famous First Words: another five famous novel transcriptions!
So you’ve deciphered not only our first set of Famous First Words, but the second set too – and now you’re back for more… Can you recognise these five famous novel openings from the British English transcriptions listed 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!