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Gimson's Pronunciation of English

Welcome to the companion website for Gimson’s Pronunciation of English.

This book has for many years been the standard reference book on the phonetics of English. The material on this website falls into five categories:

  • recordings of the pronunciation of Old English, Middle English, and Early Modern English (in Chapter 6) and of all the intonation examples in §11.6
  • recordings of historical interest: of Daniel Jones pronouncing the Cardinal Vowels, and of the original author, Alfred Charles Gimson (“Gim”) introducing a lecture
  • videos made by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), showing the articulation of 15 phrases containing all the consonants and vowels of English
  • pronunciation practice material originally produced by Gimson and a colleague, and updated by the present author. This consists of separate words illustrating consonants and vowels, and dialogues, with accompanying scripts in both normal orthography and in phonemic transcription
  • a list of internet sites and blogs relevant to the pronunciation of English, including the website where there is a compilation of recordings of General British and related accents made by the present author.