Beyond the Language Classroom: Wider Applications of Pronunciation Research and Practice

  • Martha C. Pennington
  • Pamela Rogerson-Revell
Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)


Different disciplines have had to pay attention to pronunciation in their communications research and training since it is a factor affecting interactions among people from different linguistic backgrounds. In international business contexts, people speaking different L1 and L2 varieties may be in face-to-face or telephone contact, with issues sometimes arising as a result of misunderstanding of segmental or prosodic features. In addition, doctors who speak a different (L1 or L2) variety from their patients and other staff may find that pronunciation difficulties interfere with their on-the-job communication. The wider context of pronunciation includes the styling of speech by politicians and other communicators, and applications in speech technology and education beyond language teaching, in L1 literacy, phonological impairment, and voice recognition in forensic linguistics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha C. Pennington
    • 1
  • Pamela Rogerson-Revell
    • 2
  1. 1.SOAS and Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.EnglishUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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