A Brief Historical Overview of Pronunciations of English in Dictionaries

Jack Windsor Lewis, Inger Mees

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Abstract

The evolution of pronunciations in mainly British English dictionaries is traced from their beginnings, with accounts of certain neglected figures in the field. In the paper we discuss how representations of pronunciations have developed from being indicated by means of conventional spelling with the addition of marks and numbers to more sophisticated systems of phonetic notation. A significant feature of the twenty-first century is the addition of spoken pronunciations of the items.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLinguistica
Volume57
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)343-356
ISSN0024-3922
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Pronunciation lexicography
  • Pronunciations of British English
  • Phonetic notation
  • International phonetic alphabet
  • History of pronunciation dictionaries

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