Linguistics: How do I get my foreign diction more specific than IPA?
April 27, 2006 9:56 AM Subscribe
LinguisticsFilter: There are a lot of resources explaining how to transcribe a language into IPA, but I don't have any that get into the nitty gritty of how one language pronounces a given consonant compared to another. Are there good resources on this front? Are there resources on how to speak in various foreign accents?
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I'm an opera singer, and have had diction classes and read books on simply getting a full IPA transcription of a language, but there's a significant step between reading IPA and reading Italian, for example. German and English both have the "sh" sound, but the German one has much lower formants. Where do I get practical resources on these subtle differences? (By practical, I mean something that can be helpful for learning these, like audio files comparing languages, accents, etc.)
A particularly useful learning tool I've seen in the past is the use of accents in English, where the teacher will speak the same phrase in an accurate American, British, German, French, etc accent, and the differences become extremely clear. Are there resources for this?