The Sounds of English:
Phonetics and Phonology for English Teachers in Southeast Asia

David H Deterding and Gloria R Poedjosoedarmo

Singapore: Prentice Hall. ISBN : 0-13-096011-X

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the phonetics and phonology of English in straightforward language, suitable for non-specialist readers. It is especially intended for students in Southeast Asia who are preparing to be English teachers, so in most cases where examples from non-English languages are given, the languages are those found in Southeast Asia. In addition, for each of the major languages of East and Southeast Asia, there is a chapter giving a brief description of its sound system. These chapters enable students to make a comparison between the sounds of English and those of languages they are likely to use or hear.

In the modern world, most students are likely to come into contact with more than one variety of English. This book therefore provides a description of the two major standard accents of English that students are likely to hear on radio, TV and in films: Southern Standard British (SSB) and General American (GA).


  1. Introduction
  2. Speech Production
  3. Vowel Sounds
  4. English Vowels: SSB Pronunciation
  5. English Vowels: GA
  6. Consonant Sounds
  7. English Consonants
  8. Sounds and Symbols
  9. Phonemes and Allophones
  10. The Syllable: Phonotactics and Consonant Clusters
  11. Suprasegmental Features of English: Word Stress
  12. Suprasegmental Aspects of Speech: Stress and Rhythm
  13. Suprasegmental Aspects of Speech: Tones and Intonation
  14. Suprasegmental Features of English: More on Stress and Intonation
  15. Other Features of Connected Speech
  16. Language Variation
  17. A New Variety: Singapore English Pronunciation
  18. The Contrastive Analysis of Sound Systems and Language Teaching
  19. The Malay Sound System
  20. The Javanese Sound System
  21. The Mandarin Chinese Sound System
  22. The Sound Systems of Some Chinese Dialects (Hokkien and Cantonese)
  23. The Thai Sound System
  24. The Tamil Sound System
  25. The Tagalog Sound System
  26. The Japanese Sound System
  27. The Korean Sound System
  28. Computer Analysis of Speech
  29. Using Computers to Teach Pronunciation

To obtain this book, access the Asian Originals section of the Pearson-Asia Education Website. The cost of the book (excluding postage) is US$29.95.