English Pronouncing Dictionary

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

Jones, D. ed. Gimson, A.C. (additional material Ramsaran, Susan), (14th ed 1991), English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
See also Everyman's English Pronouncing Dictionary.

First published in 1917, Jones's English Pronouncing Dictionary set the standard for dictionaries of pronunciation of our time. Conceived long before the potential of audio recording, It was innovatory in its use of the IPA. Daniel Jones, the first holder of the first chair of Phonetics in the UK (at University College, London), is regarded as the doyen of the modern study of the discipline in this country. Gimson was one of his successors, being Head of Department at UCL between 1971 and 1983. The Department has remained at the forefront of the subject.

Alfred Gimson was the second great describer of the sounds of the English language after Daniel Jones, whose student, colleague and successor he successively was. Both were Professor of Phonetics (Jones from 1912 to 1949, Gimson from 1966 to 1983) and Head of the Department of Phonetics at University College, London (Jones 1912-49, Gimson 1971-83). Both also served as Secretary of the International Phonetics Association, Jones from 1928, Gimson directly succeeding him in 1949.