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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 6 edition (2 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340759720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340759721
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 961,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is beyond doubt that this book remains the most authoritative introduction to English phonetics...with this new edition, Cruttenden has contributed his part to safeguarding the place the book merits for the coming years.

If one could use the phrase 'classic text' at this point in the history of phonetics literature, A.C. Gimson's An Introduction to English Pronunciation would aptly fit the description. Cruttenden's reputation as a phonetician plainly shows throughout the book. Once I started reading it, I could not help but wonder if perhaps Erasmus was mistaken when he said ""as no one is so good that he cannot be made better, so no book is so complete that it cannot be improved""(letter to John Botzheim, 1523).
Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses

This updated edition of Gimson's classic will maintain its status as the foremost description of British varieties of English pronunciation.
International Phonetic Association

This latest edition of Gimson's Pronunciation of English does an excellent job in bringing this classic up to date. Cruttenden's new edition will ensure that Gimson's Pronunciation of English will maintain its position as the most comprehensive and authoritative introduction to English phonetics for years to come. It thus remains an indispensable reference book for anyone involved in studying or teaching the pronunciation of English.
English Language Teaching Journal

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Alan Cruttenden is Emeritus Professor of Phonetics at the University of Manchester, UK

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hiro on 11 Sep 2011
Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading this book. It's a quite good book for who? Do not buy this book if you want to learn elementary English Pronunciation.
This book is for University course book. Some items are very tirsome because it has got too many details in it.
It's a very good book for academic level. It hasn't got any CD, which will make a reader confused, above all the vowels.
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1 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rocío Carmen Blanco Segura on 8 Nov 2009
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This is a brand new item and the time of delivery was very good, more or less 10 days.
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Gimson's Pronunciation of English 21 April 2001
By Melika Suljkanovic - Published on
Format: Paperback
I find the Gimson's Pronunciation of English by Alan Cruttenden to be an excellent book. English language is not my native language. Hence, it was very hard for me to understand the English pronunciation. This book helped me to understand the basics of English Phonetics. By understanding the English phonetics I was able to improve my pronunciation enormously. I can strongly recommend this book to everyone.
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Good book, but only for advanced learners 27 April 2008
By Beppe - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is strongly recommended only if you are an advanced learner (both in English and in phonetics) and you are looking for a book that helps you to achieve native-like competence in English pronunciation. Note that the book focuses on Received Pronunciation (that is the most prestigious variety spoken in the UK), and only somewhat cursory references are made to other pronunciations (like General American). Note also that sound knowledge of phonetics is required because you might not agree with the author on some issues, such as how he deals with English accentuation.
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