2nd Edition

The Routledge Dictionary of Pronunciation for Current English

    1590 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Dictionary of Pronunciation for Current English is the most up-to-date record of the pronunciation of British and American English. Based on research by a joint UK and US team of linguistics experts, this is a unique survey of how English is really spoken in the twenty-first century. This second edition has been fully revised to include:

    • a full reappraisal of the pronunciation models for modern British and American English;
    • 2,000 new entries, including new words from the last decade, encyclopedic terms and proper names;
    • separate IPA transcriptions for British and American English for over 100,000 words;
    • information on grammatical variants including plurals, comparative and superlative adjectives, and verb tenses.

    The most comprehensive dictionary of its type available, The Routledge Dictionary of Pronunciation for Current English is the essential reference for those interested in English pronunciation.


    Use of the Dictionary

    The Text Explained

    Technical Discussion: Transcription Sets

    Pronunciation Models

    Foreign Pronunciations


    Entries A-Z


    Clive Upton is Emeritus Professor of Modern English Language at the University of Leeds, UK. He edits English Today, co-edited A Handbook of Varieties of English, and his Received Pronunciation transcription model has been used by Oxford English Dictionaries since 1993.

    William A. Kretzschmar, Jr. is the Harry and Jane Willson Professor in Humanities at the University of Georgia, USA. He is Editor of the American Linguistic Atlas Project, and he has laid the foundations for analysis of language as a complex system.

    "It’s good to have it back! The new edition of Upton and Kretzschmar’s pronunciation dictionary is a must-have for everybody concerned with British and/or American English. It not only allows an immediate user-friendly access to all word forms, but it also helps understand what is currently really going on in these two standard accents, in terms of both convergence and divergence."
    Martina Lampert, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

    "Both linguists and learners of English will profit from consulting the new edition of this well-established dictionary - a truly reliable and state-of-the-art reference work by two leading experts in the field of British and American pronunciation."
    Heinrich Ramisch, University of Bamberg, Germany

    "This comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary is an indispensable reference tool for both teachers and advanced students of English."
    Juhani Klemola, University of Tampere, Finland