LONGMAN PRONUNCIATION DICTIONARY
J.C.Wells, 1990. Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. First edition. Harlow: Longman. ISBN 0 582 96411 3 (cased edition), 0 582 05383 8 (paperback edition).
J.C.Wells, 2000. Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. Second edition. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited. ISBN 0 582 36468 X (cased edition), 0 582 36467 1 (paperback edition).
The Longman Pronunciation Dictionary is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and authoritative pronunciation dictionary available. This expanded and completely updated new edition includes:
- 135,000 pronunciations, giving full coverage of both British and American English using the alphabet of the International Phonetic Association
- over 200 graphs showing pronunciation preferences of British and American speakers, and how these are changing, for words like controversy, either, harass and garage – based on Professor Wells' unique Pronunciation Preference Poll over the Internet
- recommended pronunciations clearly shown in blue for each word, as well as other pronunciations in common use
- stress patterns for thousands of compounds and idioms
- more than 50 Spelling-to-sound boxes and 35 Language Panels
- thousands of proper names, including
- people — forenames, family names, names of literary and mythological figures
- places — thousands of cities, towns and rivers in Britain, North America, and Australia, as well as major towns, cities and rivers in the rest of the world
- commercial products and brands
- pronunciation in the language of origin, as well as English, for words and names from foreign languages
The author, Professor John Wells, holds the chair of Phonetics in the University of London – a position previously occupied by A.C. Gimson and, before him, Daniel Jones, who was responsible for establishing the standard IPA system used in English Language Teaching throughout the world.
Advanced ** Upper Intermediate * Intermediate
Teachers ** Students ** General
Finding pronunciations in British and American English ** Checking alternative pronunciations ** Understanding preferences and changes in current use **
Read about the research carried out in preparation for the second edition!
The first edition of this book was awarded the English-Speaking Union Duke of Edinburgh's prize for lexicography.
A spoken version of the first edition of the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary was incorporated in the Longman Interactive English Dictionary, a CD-ROM published by ACT Multimedia/ Harlow: Longman, ISBN 0 582 236940.
The publishers' UK address is Pearson Education, Edinburgh Gate, Harlow, Essex CM20 2JE. Tel +44 1279 623623. Fax +44 1279 431059. Visit their web site. Their head office is at 10 Bank Street, White Plains, NY 10606-1951. Tel +1 914 993 5000. Fax +1 914 997 8115.
The author's email address is email@example.com
New edition now in the bookshops!
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The launch party at the IATEFL Conference in Dublin, 27 March 2000
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Survey and results - John Wells's home page - UCL Department of Phonetics and Linguistics.
last modified 2001 February 28