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Cambridge Pronouncing Dictionary (English and English Edition) 17th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521862301
ISBN-10: 0521862302
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Editorial Reviews

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'The depth of detail and extended coverage of this new edition is remarkable, and the typesetting - always a critical feature of a phonetics dictionary - exemplary. It will rank as one of the major publishing achievements of the decade.' Professor David Crystal

'A wonderful addition to any student or teacher library ... ' EL Gazette , 1997

'It is an excellent response by Cambridge (which has inherited 'Jones' from Dent) to its Longman rival, the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (1990) ... ' English Today, 1997

'I have no hesitation in thoroughly reommending this new edition for all reference collections.' Reference Reviews, 1997

'A copy of the EPD would be a valuable addition to any English department.' IATEFL Newsletter Issue no.140, 1997 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

The Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary is the ultimate guide to pronunciation in English. Thousands of pronunciations not shown in general dictionaries are included, from people and places, to words from science, technology and literature. The 17th edition is edited by three of the most distinguished phonetics scholars working today. • NEW! Up-to-date entries including general vocabulary and people and places in the news • NEW! Lively study pages help with common areas of difficulty • Clear, accessible layout with 80,000 entries and 220,000 British and North American pronunciations using the International Phonetic Alphabet • 200 information panels explaining phonetics terminology
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 622 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 17 edition (August 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521862302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521862301
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I am simply enthusiastic about the book and its software. I was trying the QUICKfind while surfing the Internet and found out that turning on the automatic sound and pointing the mouse at a word, its sound was spoken up by HUMAN voices. I then tried it on a Word document and it happened the same. Everyone who's willing to improve his English pronunciation MUST try it, for it's really worth. I'll advise all foreign languages university students to buy it. The interactive exercises are also worth, as we hear whole sentences, and I like the idea to look for words both by typing in the text and the phonetic symbols. Highly recommended to up-to-date languages lovers. Last but not least, the book contains many words you cannot find on other dictionaries, such as proper names, surnames and cities. There's even my Brescia! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The 15th edition of Daniel Jones English Pronouncing Dictionary follows the tradition of its ancestors. It gives not only details on British and American English, but also includes international place names and internationally known proper names. It is userfriendly and easy accessible, although to use it properly, the reader has to be used to IPA (International Phonetic Association / Alphabet) symbols, otherwise the transcripts are not readable. Nonetheless, the book has to compete with Wells' Longman Pronuncation Dictionary, of which a second edition is to come up. Already the first edition of it is a concurrent of Daniel Jones, both books serve the same purposes and are equally good. Either the one or the other should be on the bookshelf of each English student.
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I seldom write reviews, but for this one, I have to say something. I very much wanted to thank Venturini Viviana from Italy and Hubert Shea from Hong Kong for I decided to get this after reading their reviews.

It has over 80,000 entries and 215,000 pronunciations including common names, surnames, places, cities and brand names etc. Just the CD-Rom alone is well worth the money. Though it may not be the most comprehensive one on the market compare to Oxford (with 100,000 entries) etc., it's the only one comes with this amazing CD-Rom. It is sure to be XP compatible, very user-friendly, fast responding and accurate. Use only your cursor to point to the word while surfing internet or working on word document and it'll automatically pronounce each word in a second if you choose to (spoken by a native British English speaker).

The only shortcomings are:-

1. I can only look up 90% of the words from this Dictionary.

2. I can't use it in Excel.

3. Only the root forms of words in British English Pronunciation is recorded.

That is, I still have to rely on the free Merriam Webster's Collegiate online Dictionary sometimes (which is pretty inconvenient). As a whole, this CD-Rom is by far the best on the market!
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As a non-English speaker who has studied English for more than 25 years, it is believed that this dictionary should be the best reference book for any language learners in Hong Kong and China. The dictionary guides people how to pronounce English flawlessly.I highly recommend this dictionary to all university students, diplomats, business executives, secondary school teachers and university professors in Hong Kong and China since most of them fail to pronounce English in an accurate manner. As English language will continue to play a dominant role in the international world, it is instrumental for non-English speakers including Chinese to communicate with English speakers fluently and accurately. Anyway, this dictionary is really value for money!!!
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I am simply enthusiastic about this software. I was trying the QUICKfind while surfing the Internet and found out that turning on the automatic sound and pointing the mouse on a word, its sound is spoken up by HUMAN voices. I then tried it on a Word document and it happened the same. Everyone who's willing to improve his English pronunciation MUST try it, for it's really worth. I'll advise all foreign languages university students to buy it. The interactive exercises are also worth, as we hear whole sentences, and I like the idea to look for words both by typing in the text and the phonetic symbols. Highly recommended to up-to-date languages lovers. Last but not least, the book contains many words you cannot find on other dictionaries, such as proper names, surnames and cities. There's even my Brescia!
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I planned to buy the 15th edition of Daniel Jones English Pronouncing Dictionary - but I got the 16th edition - to complete my references in doing my research in English pronunciation produced by the learners of English as a foreign language. I never thought that I will get a CD together with this book and it surprised me when I found it out. It helps me a lot and the software is easy to operate. This book contains not only British English pronunciation but also American English as well with some variations, beside many helpful information. The advantage is that, by using the software, you can listen to and learn the pronunciation of English words without requiring the knowledge in reading the IPA characters; just click and listen, and of course, try to pronounce them. Even, you can record your own pronunciation. And about my research, well, I got an A because I could cross-check my recorded data with it which helped me in creating perfect analyses, beside from the helps of other references, data, and my sponsors, of course. If you want to 'polish' your English pronunciation or just want to add your knowledge in English pronunciation, you may consider this dictionary to be your 'assistance'.
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