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2 Record some TV adverts, and analyse how differently accented speakers are used. For example, which products are sold by the use of regionally accented voiceovers or actors, and which by RP-accented voices? What qualities are associated with particular accents? Are male and female regional and RP speakers used in the same ways? What accents are given to non-white speakers of English in adverts? How are foreign-accented speakers used? SOUND SYMBOLISM Another important use of the IPA is to help us understand any possible basis for sound symbolism.
Fricatives, like plosives, are distinguished from each other by their place of articulation, and by voice, each pair below being made up of a voiceless and voiced phoneme—apart from ‘h’, which is voiceless but has no voiced partner: Voiceless f θ (as in ‘thigh’) s ∫ (as in ‘ship’) h Voiced v ð (as in ‘thy’) z з (as in ‘leisure’) As with plosives, go through these phonemes, exploring where they are made in the mouth and sounding out their differences in terms of voice. (If your version of ‘h’ sounds voiced, this is because you are adding a vowel again, and saying something like ‘huh’.