BBC Pronunciation Guide

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This is a bibliography page, concerning a work to which reference is made elsewhere in this guide.


Broadcast English : recommendations to announcers regarding certain words of doubtful pronunciation, British Broadcasting Corporation. With an introduction by A.L. James. London : British Broadcasting Corporation, 1928.

This is something of a curiosity - the first guide to broadcasters over how to pronounce words about whose mispronunciation listeners had commented. James, a distinguished phonetician, was "the first head of the department of phonetics set up by the School of Oriental Studies in the University of London" and "(1926-40), honorary secretary of the corporation's advisory committee on spoken English, which considered and reported upon words and proper names of difficult or disputed pronunciation" (DNB). This is the first booklet that resulted.