"Considered incorrect" On wide-spread "mis"pronunciations in native speech recorded in LPD

Abstract : This short piece addresses particular cases where native speakers of the two major reference accents, RP and GA, pronounce words in ways that are not considered normative, that is standard pronunciation. To date, the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (hence, LPD) by J C Wells is the only pronouncing dictionary that incorporates such useful information in its entries (Wells 2008: xx). Drawing attention to cases of “incorrect variants” in “wide-spread use”, some 150 recorded in LPD, has a practical pedagogical import, for instance in phonology/phonetics or pronunciation courses at an advanced level, since it gives a better picture of native pronunciation from a variationist point of view and also focuses learners՚ attention on what native speakers do who get the pronunciation “right”. A phonologistʼs view will not bear on the “incorrectness” (or otherwise) of these cases, and this coincides with Wells՚ lexicologist position (2014: 2). From a phonological perspective, such examples are revealing because they are informative about phonotactic, morphophonological or accentuation patterns and analogies that native speakers apparently draw upon. Irrespective of whether, from a prescriptivist point of view, they could be seen as incorrect, they are definitely not so for a phonologist taking stock of what constitutes phonological knowledge to native speakers.
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Daniel Huber. "Considered incorrect" On wide-spread "mis"pronunciations in native speech recorded in LPD. 2017. ⟨hal-01408667⟩

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