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Teach yourself accents -- North America : a handbook for young actors and speakers

Author: Robert Blumenfeld
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Limelight Editions, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, [2013]
Series: Teach yourself accents
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD for computer : Audio book, etc.   Sound Recording : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Are you doing a play by Tennessee Williams? Or one of David Mamet's plays set in Chicago? Need to learn a Southern or Boston or New York or Caribbean Islands accent quickly, or do you have plenty of time? Then Teach Yourself Accents {u2013} North America: A Handbook for Young Actors and Speakers is for you: an easy-to-use manual full of clear, cogent advice and fascinating information. Contemporary monologues and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Book, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Blumenfeld
ISBN: 9780879108083 0879108088
OCLC Number: 829738526
Description: xv, 134 pages ; 23 cm. + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Contents: What Is an Accent? 1 --
How the Muscles of the Mouth Are Used 4 --
Rhythm: Stress Patterns 5 --
Music: Intonation Patterns 6 --
Phonetics 7 --
Vowels, Semi-Vowels, and Diphthongs 7 --
Consonants 8 --
Some Questions to Ask Yourself 11 --
An Exercise for Teaching Yourself Any Accent 13 --
1 The General American Accent 15 --
Teach Yourself the General American Accent 15 --
The Ask List 18 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accent 19 --
Practice Exercises 20 --
Monologues 22 --
2 Northern U.S. Regional Accents: The Midwest 25 --
Teach Yourself Midwestern U.S. Accents 27 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accents 29 --
Practice Exercises 29 --
Monologues 31 --
3 Southern U.S. Regional Accents 35 --
Teach Yourself Southern U.S. Accents 36 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accents 42 --
Teach Yourself the Traditional Accent of Charleston, South Carolina 42 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accent 44 --
Practice Exercises 44 --
Monologues 48 --
4 African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) Accents 53 --
Teach Yourself AAVE Accents 55 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accents 57 --
Practice Exercises 57 --
Monologues 59 --
5 Caribbean Islands Accents 63 --
Teach Yourself Caribbean Islands Accents 64 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accents 67 --
Practice Exercises 67 --
Monologues 70 --
6 Hispanic Accents 73 --
Teach Yourself Hispanic Accents 74 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accents 78 --
Practice Exercises 79 --
Monologues 81 --
7 Some Urban Accents: New Orleans, Chicago, Boston, New York 87 --
Teach Yourself New Orleans Accents 87 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accents 90 --
Practice Exercises 90 --
A Monologue and a Scene for Two 91 --
Teach Yourself Chicago Accents 93 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accents 94 --
Practice Exercises 94 --
Monologues 95 --
Teach Yourself Boston Accents 96 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accents 98 --
Practice Exercises 98 --
Monologues 100 --
Teach Yourself New York City Accents 101 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accents 107 --
Practice Exercises 107 --
Monologues 110 --
8 Canadian Accents: English, French 113 --
Teach Yourself Canadian English Accents 113 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accents 116 --
Practice Exercises 116 --
Monologues 117 --
Teach Yourself Canadian French Accents 119 --
Intonation and Stress: The Music and Rhythm of the Accents 121 --
Practice Exercises 121 --
A Scene for Three and a Monologue 123.
Series Title: Teach yourself accents
Responsibility: Robert Blumenfeld.

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"Are you doing a play by Tennessee Williams? Or one of David Mamet's plays set in Chicago? Need to learn a Southern or Boston or New York or Caribbean Islands accent quickly, or do you have plenty of time? Then Teach Yourself Accents {u2013} North America: A Handbook for Young Actors and Speakers is for you: an easy-to-use manual full of clear, cogent advice and fascinating information. Contemporary monologues and scenes for two are included, and an enclosed CD contains the extensive practice exercises. Perfect for the young acting student, the book will help anyone beginning a study of accents to get a rapid handle on the subject and use any accent immediately, with an authentic sound. More experienced actors who need an authoritative quick guide for an audition or for role preparation will find it equally useful, as will speakers who want to improve a specific accent or liven up a presentation with an apt anecdote."--Publisher description.

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