Longman Pronunciation Dictionary
third edition, 2008
with The Longman Pronunciation Coach CD-ROM
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What’s new in LPD3?
The third edition continues the excellent tradition of the previous editions, but with extensive additions and improvements.
- 3000 added headwords
- results of two new opinion polls
- CD-ROM with the Longman Pronunciation Coach
Among the new headwords are
proper names, e.g. Athenry, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bussell, Cruyff, Ericsson, Obama, Rowling, Sentamu, Tehachapi, Titchmarsh, Verizon, Whampoa, Zellweger;
- terms relating to the internet, e.g. blogging, chatroom, digicam, eBay, Facebook, Google, podcast, Wikipedia, YouTube;
- and thousands of other assorted new words, e.g. Asbo, bird flu, Botox, chav, latte, nanobot.
Among words beginning fa-, for instance, you will now also find faddy,
fade-in, fag-hag, fairness, fair-to-middling, fakie, falling-off, falling-out, fan-assisted, fanciable, fancy-dress, Fannie Mae, fantasist, farthermost, fat-free, fault-tolerant, fava.
As in previous editions, non-English words come with the foreign-language phonetics as well as an appropriate anglicization: among the new additions are Abu Ghraib, al Qaeda, haram, niqab, and Sharm-el-Sheikh (Arabic), Ahmadinejad (Farsi), Benfica (Portuguese), Federer (German), gaijin and sudoku (Japanese), kimchi (Korean), mojito (Spanish), Putin (Russian), qi and Qingdao (Chinese), Sarkozy and Taizé (French), Terfel (Welsh), Tórshavn (Faroese).
In addition to the pronunciation preference polls reported in the previous edition, there are now also polling results from two more polls, both conducted on-line:
- for AmE, a survey conducted by Prof. Bert Vaux, including among others the words almond, asterisk, caramel, chromosome, Presley, Thanksgiving and thespian;
- for BrE, a survey conducted by Pearson Education and the author, including among others the words contribute, dissect, kilometre, liquorice, omega, tinnitus and tune. (more...)
with the Longman Pronunciation Coach
The CD-ROM bundled with the dictionary includes
- spoken versions of every headword, in BrE and AmE
- the entire text of the dictionary, on-screen
- a Self-Study Lab (interactive exercises with feedback)
- a Teachers’ Resource Centre with worksheets and suggestions for classroom activities
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- helps students with over 225,000 pronunciations in both British and American English, using the International Phonetic Alphabet
- helps students with intonation by showing the stress patterns of thousands of compounds and idioms
- User-friendly graphs show the preferred pronunciations of British and American speakers, based on extensive research by Professor Wells
- NEW - now with the Longman Pronunciation Coach CD-ROM
- Students can listen to the pronunciation of all entries in British and American English, then record and check their own pronunciation
- Self Study Lab — Students can learn the International Phonetic Alphabet and practise their pronunciation with thousands of interactive exercises and feedback from Professor Wells
- Teachers’ Resource Centre provides you with downloadable exercises for use in class