Review Your voice speaks volumes: It’s not what you say but how you say it (a review)

original work by JANE SETTER reviewed by MAURICE CASSIDY

This is a book about pronunciation. However, it’s not just about how to pronounce words or use stress and intonation but a social and biological investigation into how pronunciation affects our lives from within the womb before birth and throughout our lives. It has seven chapters covering how speech actually works, the differences in English accents and why they exist in the UK, how different roles can lead to changes in voice and accent, the role of forensic speech analysis in criminal investigations, the use of the voice in transgender speech and synthesised voices and the differences in English accents used around the world. For teachers and trainers, it is a fascinating insight into how we speak differently and why and is valuable as a fascinating background text for teachers of pronunciation and teachers of English.

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