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Longman Pronunciation Dictionary [Paperback]

John Wells , John C. Wells
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March 15 2000 0582364671 978-0582364677 1st Revised edition
The Longman Pronunciation Dictionary is the most comprehensive and authoritative pronunciation dictionary available. This expanded 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 Americans speakers
- 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, places, commercial products and brands
- Pronunciation in the language of origin, as well as English, for words and names from foreign languages

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John Wells is a Professor of Phonetics at University College London. His interests centre on the phonetic and phonological description of languages but also extend to lexicography and language teaching. He directs UCL's annual Summer Course in English Phonetics. He is a frequent contributor to BBC radion (R2, R4, R5, BBC English). Based in Britain at UCL throughout his career, he has over the years given invited lectures in many different countries throughout the world. His best known publications are Accents of English (3 vols, Cambridge University Press 1982) and Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (Pearson Education, second edition 2000).

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Actors March 3 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The Longman Pronunciation Dictionary is a highly useful tool for performing artists of the English Language. I take it with me from gig to gig and use it in rehearsals. It helps to have an understanding of the International Phonetics Alphabet (IPA) but the sound key in the introduction will guide you through its use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best I could find in bookshops! Jan. 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I love it! This is my favourite companion to turn to when I get
stuck in uncertain pronunciations. If you're a person who likes
Received Pronunciations, then Longman Pronunciation Dictionary
is absolutely a handy and desktop reference for you.
Just browse this book everyday, you'll sound more RP daily.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Resource July 15 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a theatre voice & speech trainer, I have found this book to be an invaluable resource. It is a must-have for all actors. It deals well with both English and American pronunciations and the variations of word pronunciations. I feel it is probably the best of the pronunciation dictionaries, even though it has shortcomings in it's distinction between the consonant R and vowel R-coloring.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for those who want to speak good English June 25 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
this dictionary is comprehensive enough,it includes both American and British pronunciations. I may say it is very useful for non-native speakers as their accents may combine several ones. Ordinary dictionaries cannot help much as language is changing every day and even in Received Pronunciation(RP), there may be several pronunciations for a word. And the older generation, middle generation as well as young generation speak differently. Ordinary dictionaries usually just include one pronunciation. Collins Cobuild dictionary is better in a way that it provides more variations. But this variation is not comprehensive enough. If you want to buy a pronunciation dictionary, either this or English Pronouncing Dictionary(Cambridge University Press) is your choice.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best I could find in bookshops! Jan. 26 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love it! This is my favourite companion to turn to when I get
stuck in uncertain pronunciations. If you're a person who likes
Received Pronunciations, then Longman Pronunciation Dictionary
is absolutely a handy and desktop reference for you.
Just browse this book everyday, you'll sound more RP daily.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Actors March 3 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Longman Pronunciation Dictionary is a highly useful tool for performing artists of the English Language. I take it with me from gig to gig and use it in rehearsals. It helps to have an understanding of the International Phonetics Alphabet (IPA) but the sound key in the introduction will guide you through its use.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dictionary for actors, speech/voice people April 12 2000
By Eric Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This dictionary is useful in that it features both GeneralAmerican pronunciations and Received Pronunciation (British) pronunciations....
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