Foreign Dialects: A Manual for Actors, Directors, and by Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman

By Lewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman

Such a lot actors and administrators have struggled with the matter of desiring to mimic overseas dialects. Marguerite and Lewis Herman have created a necessary device for actors, administrators and writers aiming towards the main actual performances possible.
Foreign Dialects includes an in depth repertoire of dialects that would help the actor within the coaching for the main tough overseas roles. Now in paperback, this vintage textual content deals the director or manufacturer a brief, handy relief for correcting actors and comparing candidates for authenticity and dialect skill. additionally, it publications these writing fiction in addition to radio, motion picture, and tv scripts. Thirty international dialects are supplied, with personality reviews, speech peculiarities, and examples of the dialects in easy-to-read phonetic monologues--including Cockney, British, Irish, Scottish, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Greek and Yiddish.

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THE GWTTAL STOP IS USED WITH FINAL "T" AND FINAL "K" OR WHEN EITHER OF THESE CONSONANT SOUNDS IS FOLWWED BY THE "L" (EH-OOL) SOUND. ) In this sentence the "k" of "take" is glottalized and dropped. The "t" of "lot" is also dropped because of the glottal stop, despite the fact that the next word (of} be­ gins with a vowel. Usually, the "t" would glide over the begin "of," but when the glottal stop is used, the glide rule is not used. In the word "pickles," the "k" sound is followed by the "el" (EH-001) sound and receives the glottal stop.

00" . • . " as in "food," "do:• "blue," etc. In British, a short "i" is prefixed to the long double "00" making the combi­ nation "iOO" as in "fiOOd" (food). Although the same representation is given for this sound in the Cockney, there the "i" of "iOO" has greater stress. But, in British, the "i" is very short and the "00" is stressed. DRILL WORDS fiOOd diOO bliOO (food) (do) (blue) fiOOlish tchiOOz stiOOp griOOp giOOs miOOn (foolish) (choose) (stoop) (group) (goose) (moon) Note: There are certain general rules which may be applied to the Britisher's use of the "y" glide before the "00" sound, as in "dyiOOti" (duty).

When used before a vowel-begin­ ning word, the "r" sound must be added to the above examples, as in "yEHIER rEHg" (yellow egg). " UNACCENTED SYLLABLES Because he is sparing with the use of his mouth and jaws, the Cockney drops en­ tire syllables as well as vowels and consonants. This slackness accounts for the dropping of the unaccented syllables in such words as " 'stEHd" ( instead) , " 'sEHp'" ( except), and " 'kAWz" (because). H e drops not only the initial unac­ cented syllable but also the medial unaccented syllable as in "b'luhEEv" (believe), "fEHm'li" (family), and "s'pAOWz" (suppose).

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