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African Accents: A Workbook for Actors (Hardback)
  • African Accents: A Workbook for Actors (Hardback)

African Accents: A Workbook for Actors (Hardback)

Hardback 382 Pages / Published: 30/11/2015
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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 accent

a directory of research materials including documentaries, plays, films and online resources

key characteristics such as melody, stress, pace and pitch

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

practice 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.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415705912
Number of pages: 382
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 25 mm


"Beth's book is an essential tool for approaching African accents. Her comprehensive research and integrated physical approach help to demystify the complexities of different ethnic and national sounds, and allow the actor to bring a level of specificity to characters that is seldom heard. This book is a first of its kind, and I'm proud to have worked with the woman behind it." - Lupita Nyong'o, Academy Award Winner

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