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David Brazil

David Brazil (1925-1995) was the originator of Discourse Intonation. Below are brief details of his life and work. More detailed information can be found by clicking in the appropriate places.

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David Brazil was born on 1st May 1925, and died on 25th September 1995. After serving in the RAF, he became a teacher of English. He became a research fellow at The University of Birmingham in the 1970s, and subsequently a member of staff in the Department of English. He worked with John Sinclair and Malcolm Coulthard on the Discourse Analysis research projects. There is a longer biography here.

David Brazil's principal publications were:

Discourse Intonation and Language Teaching (1980)
Longman
(With Malcolm Coulthard & Catherine Johns).

The Communicative Value of Intonation in English (1985/1997)
University of Birmingham/Cambridge University Press

Pronunciation for Advanced Learners of English (1994)
Cambridge University Press

A Grammar of Speech (1995)
Oxford University Press

But he wrote many articles which you can find listed in a bibliography here.

David Brazil
1925-1995

BOOKS

1997.
The Communicative Value of Intonation in English. [2nd Edition]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1995.
A Grammar of Speech. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

1994.
Pronunciation for Advanced Learners of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

BOOKS JOINTLY AUTHORED

1982.
Teacher Talk. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (With John Sinclair.)

1980.
Discourse Intonation and Language Teaching. Harlow: Longman. (With Malcolm Coulthard and Catherine Johns.)

1979.
Exchange Structure: Discourse analysis monographs no. 5. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham, English Language Research. (With Malcolm Coulthard.)

FESTSCHRIFT

1987.
Discussing discourse: Studies presented to David Brazil on his retirement. Discourse analysis monographs no. 14. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham, English Language Research. (Ed. Malcolm Coulthard).

1986.
Talking about text: Studies presented to David Brazil on his retirement. Discourse analysis monographs no. 13. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham, English Language Research. (Ed. Malcolm Coulthard).

ARTICLES

1994.
The nature of English conversation. Sophia Linguistica, 37, 1-56.

1993.
Telling tales. In J. McH. Sinclair, M. Hoey and G. Fox eds. Techniques of Description: Spoken and
written discourse, pp.154-169. London: Routledge.

1992.
Speaking English or talking to people. Focus on English. British High Commission Madras, 7/2~3, 16-23.

1992.
Listening to people reading. In R. M. Coulthard ed. Advances in discourse analysis, pp. 209-241. London: Routledge.

1991.
Discourse intonation: The teacher's talk. The Journal of English Language Teaching India, XXVI/V, 179-186.

1990.
'Oh What is that Sound': An exercise in metrical analysis. In Linguistic Fiesta: Festschrift for Professor Hisao Kakehi's Sixtieth Birthday. pp.67-82. Tokyo: Kuroshio.

1987.
Representing Pronunciation. In J. McH. Sinclair ed. Looking up: An account of the COBUILD project in lexical computing pp.160-166. London: Collins COBUILD.

1987.
Intonation and the grammar of speech. In R. Steele and T. Threadgold eds. Essays in honour of Michael Halliday pp. 145-59. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

1986.
Intonation and the study of dialect. Annual Report of Dialectology Hiroshima, 29, 263-278.

1986.
Investigating the intonation of language learners. In M. Cling and J. Humbley eds. Hommage a A.C. Gimson: 3eme Colloque d'Avril sur L'Anglais oral pp.121-39. Paris: Universite Paris-Nord.

1986.
Discourse intonation. In J. Morley and A. Partington eds. Spoken discourse: Phonetics theory and practice. Laboratorio degli studi linguistics 1986/1 35-45. Universita di Camerino.

1985.
Where is the edge of language? Semiotica, 56-3/4, 371-88.

1985.
Phonology: Intonation in discourse. In T. A. van Dijk ed. Handbook of discourse analysis: Volume 2 Dimensions of discourse. pp. 57-75. London: Academic Press.

1985.
The communicative value of intonation in English. Discourse analysis monograph no. 8. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham, English Language Research.

1984.

The intonation of sentences read aloud. In D. Gibbon and H. Richter eds. Intonation, accent and rhythm: Studies in discourse phonology pp. 46-66. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

1984.
Tag questions. Ihla do Desterro, V/11, 28-44.

1983.
Intonation and discourse: Some principles and procedures. Text, 3/1, 39-70.

1983.
Intonation and connectedness in discourse. In K. Ehlich and H. van Riemsdijk eds. Connectedness in sentence, discourse and text: Proceedings of the Tilburg conference held on 25 and 26 January 1982. Tilburg Studies in Language and Literature 4, pp. 179-198. Le Tilburg: Tilburg University.

1982.
Impromptuness and intonation. In N. E. Enkvist ed. Impromptu speech: A symposium. Publications of the Research Institute of the Abo Akademi Foundation, 78, 277-289.

1981.
The place of intonation in a discourse model. In R. M. Coulthard and M. Montgomery eds. Studies in discourse analysis. pp. 146-157. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

1981.
Intonation. In R. M. Coulthard and M. Montgomery eds. Studies in discourse analysis. pp. 39-50. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

1981.
Discourse analysis as linguistics: A response to Hammersley. In P. French and M. Maclure eds. Adult-child conversation, pp. 59-72. London: Croom Helm.

1979.
Reading intonation. In G. Graustein and A. Neubert eds. Trends in English text linguistics. Linguistische Studien Reihe A Arbeitsberichte 55, pp. 29-42. Berlin: Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR Zentralinstitut for Sprachwissenschaft. (With Malcolm Coulthard and Catherine Johns.)

1978.
Discourse intonation: supplement to the final report to SSRC for the period Ist September 1975 to 31st August 1978. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham, English Language Research.

1978.
Discourse intonation II: Discourse analysis monographs no. 2. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham, English Language Research.

1978.
Discourse intonation. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham.

1976.
The teacher's use of intonation. Educational Review, 28/3, 180-189.

1975.
Discourse intonation. Discourse analysis monographs no. 1. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham, English Language Research.

1972.
An investigation of the relationship between intonation and grammar in the reading aloud of citation forms. Unpublished masters dissertation. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham.

1969.
Kinds of English: spoken, written, literary. Educational Review, 22/1, 78-92.