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Previously on the OxfordWords blog, I described some connected speech processes, and how we sometimes change the pronunciations of words depending on the sounds in neighbouring words (e.g. light next to blue). A related idea is that of weak forms. Many function words have multiple pronunciations, dependent on whether they are accented (produced with particular […]more
The odd thing about musical genres is that the features that distinguish them from each other are not musical features alone. Beat, rhythm, meter, ‘color’, instruments: these alone don’t make a song rock, or country, or punk. The accent of the singer also helps to define the musical genre – and singers who don’t have […]more
Catherine Sangster, Oxford Dictionaries’ head of pronunciation, was interviewed by The Doctor for Epicurean Cure following her appearance at Nine Worlds 2016. This is the first part of an edited two-part version. The Doctor: Hi Catherine! Firstly, tell me in a couple of sentences what your job involves as Head of Pronunciation. Catherine Sangster: My […]more