African Accents: A Workbook for Actors by Beth McGuire

By Beth McGuire

This is a complete workbook for actors, protecting the main features and profiles of a variety of African accents of English. Its new angle not just addresses the tools and techniques during which to head approximately studying an accessory, but in addition seems intimately at each one instance. This shall we the reader plot their very own path throughout the studying method and tailor not just their operating equipment but additionally their very own own idiolect.

Full breakdowns of every accessory cover:

  • an introduction giving a quick historical past of the accessory, its ethnic history, and its language of starting place

  • preparatory warm-up routines particular to every accent

  • a listing of research materials together with documentaries, performs, movies and on-line resources

  • key characteristics resembling melody, tension, velocity and pitch

  • descriptions of physical articulation within the tongue, lips, jaw, palate and pharynx

  • practice sentences, phoneme tables and worksheets for solo study.

African Accents is observed through an internet site at with an intensive on-line database of audio samples for every accessory. The book and audio resources guide actors to enhance their very own real accents, instead of just to mimic local audio system. This procedure permits the actor to customize an accessory, and to combine it into the construction of personality instead of to play the accessory on most sensible of character.

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