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Oxford Dictionary of Pronunciation for Current English [Paperback]

Clive Upton , William Kretzschmar , Rafal Konopka
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11 Sep 2003 0198607725 978-0198607724
The Oxford Dictionary of Pronunciation, now published in paperback, is the most up-to-date record of the pronunciation of British and American English. Based on research by a joint UK and US team of linguistics experts, with support from Oxford English Dictionaries, it is a unique survey of how English is really spoken in the twenty-first century. The dictionary offers a full reappraisal of the pronunciation models for modern British and American English. Whereas other pronunciation dictionaries use a model which is rooted in the speech of the middle of the last century, this dictionary presents a model of actual, modern English. It is also the most comprehensive dictionary of its type available, and the only one to give full transcriptions for British and American English for every word. British English is recorded using modern RP, while the aim in recording American English pronunciations has been to produce a standard model, with avoidance of marked regional features. Pronunciations have been recorded using the internationally recognized IPA.


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  • Paperback: 1232 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (11 Sep 2003)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0198607725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198607724
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,245,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...we must certainly welcome this ambitious new work. It can only be an advantage to have a set of impressions independent from the ones available in the two previously available works of this nature and scope. (Journal of the International Phonetic Association)

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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent pronunciation dictionary 11 Oct 2007
The market for this type of dictionary is traditionally dominated by the umpteenths re-editions of Daniel Jones' dictionary, so much so that university phonetics instructors often seem not to know that there are others...Well, they should have a look at this one. Compared to the other new (and great) pronunciation dictioary, that of John Wells, Clive Upton's dictionary does not have the articles, polls about variants, and other useful add-ons of John Wells' dictionary: what we have here is a basic (but comprehensive) dictionary with the pronunciation of each word given in British and American English. And that is all, but the transcription system is probably the most accurate of the three dictionaries. If you are a serious student of English phonetics, I would recommend having both John Wells' and Clive Upton 's dictionaries - Clive Upton's for immediate reference andd John Wells' if you want to go further. They complete each other nicely. You can safely forget about Daniel Jones' - even it is still recommended by most university instructors, who would be well-advised to update their reading lists at least once a century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Student Must Have 5 April 2009
I bought this when studying for a linguistics degree. Used it much more than I thought I would. Written in clear lettering. Covers British and American English. Very easy to use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent pronunuciation dictionary 18 Oct 2007
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The market for this type of dictionary is traditionally dominated by the umpteenths re-editions of Daniel Jones' dictionary, so much so that university phonetics instructors often seem not to know that there are others...Well, they should have a look at this one. Compared to the other new (and great) pronunciation dictionary, that of John Wells [published by Longman's], Clive Upton's dictionary does not have the articles, polls about variants, and other useful add-ons of John Wells' dictionary: what we have here is a basic (but comprehensive) dictionary with the pronunciation of each word given in British and American English. And that is all, but the transcription system is probably the most accurate of the three dictionaries. If you are a serious student of English phonetics, I would recommend having both John Wells' and Clive Upton 's dictionaries - Clive Upton's for immediate reference andd John Wells' if you want to go further. They complete each other nicely. You can safely forget about Daniel Jones' - even it is still recommended by most university instructors, who would be well-advised to update their reading lists at least once a century.
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