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Professor John Wells FBA

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About this Fellow


Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of Phonetics, University College London

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer, Reader, Professor of Phonetics, University College London, 1962
  • Emeritus Professor of Phonetics, University College London, 2006


Sounds Interesting 2014

Jamaican pronunciation in London 1973

Accents of English (3 vols) 1982

Longman pronunciation dictionary 1990

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