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Department of Linguistics

Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription

Felicity Cox

Cambridge University Press, 2012.


The Rainbow Passage

Fairbanks, G. (1960). Voice and articulation drillbook, 2nd edn. New York: Harper & Row. pp124-139.

1. audio When the sunlight strikes raindrops in the air, they act as a prism and form a rainbow.
2. audio The rainbow is a division of white light into many beautiful colours.
3. audio These take the shape of a long round arch, with its path high above, and its two ends apparently beyond the horizon.
4. audio There is, according to legend, a boiling pot of gold at one end. People look, but no one ever finds it.
5. audio When a man looks for something beyond his reach, his friends say he is looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
6. audio Throughout the centuries people have explained the rainbow in various ways.
7. audio Some have accepted it as a miracle without physical explanation.
8. audio To the Hebrews it was a token that there would be no more universal floods.
9. audio The Greeks used to imagine that it was a sign from the gods to foretell war or heavy rain.
10. audio The Norsemen considered the rainbow as a bridge over which the gods passed from earth to their home in the sky.
11. audio Others have tried to explain the phenomenon physically.
12. audio Aristotle thought that the rainbow was caused by reflection of the sun's rays by the rain.
13. audio Since then physicists have found that it is not reflection, but refraction by the raindrops which causes the rainbows.
14. audio Many complicated ideas about the rainbow have been formed.
15. audio The difference in the rainbow depends considerably upon the size of the drops, and the width of the coloured band increases as the size of the drops increases.
16. audio The actual primary rainbow observed is said to be the effect of super-imposition of a number of bows.
17. audio If the red of the second bow falls upon the green of the first, the result is to give a bow with an abnormally wide yellow band,
18. audio since red and green light when mixed form yellow.
19. audio This is a very common type of bow, one showing mainly red and yellow, with little or no green or blue.