African Accents : A Workbook for Actors, Paperback / softback Book

African Accents : A Workbook for Actors Paperback / softback


This is a comprehensive workbook for actors, covering the key characteristics and profiles of a wide range of African accents of English.

Its unique approach not only addresses the methods and processes by which to go about learning an accent, but also looks in detail at each example.

This lets the reader plot their own route through the learning process and tailor not only their working methods but also their own personal idiolect. Full breakdowns of each accent cover:an introduction giving a brief history of the accent, its ethnic background, and its language of origin preparatory warm-up exercises specific to each accenta directory of research materials including documentaries, plays, films and online resourceskey characteristics such as melody, stress, pace and pitchdescriptions of physical articulation in the tongue, lips, jaw, palate and pharynxpractice sentences, phoneme tables and worksheets for solo study. African Accents is accompanied by a website at with an extensive online database of audio samples for each accent.

The book and audio resources guide actors to develop their own authentic accents, rather than simply to mimic native speakers.

This process allows the actor to personalize an accent, and to integrate it into the creation of character rather than to play the accent on top of character.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 382 pages, 114 Tables, black and white; 70 Illustrations, black and white
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Acting techniques
  • ISBN: 9780415705929



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