Daniel Jones' Outline of English Phonetics and Alfred C. Gimson's Introduction to the Pronunciation of English are considered the "Bibles" of British English phonetics.

Are there equivalent works in the American English tradition?

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    Kenyon and Knott's Pronouncing Dictionary of American English for American phonemics and J.C. Catford's A Practical Introduction to Phonetics for phonetics in general. For the differences, see David Crystal's Cambridge Encylopedia of the English Language. For the details, the Phonological Atlas of North America. Jan 5, 2014 at 22:00
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    There's the information. I'm not getting paid for this, you know. Jan 6, 2014 at 3:45
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For a Bible-sized book on American English phonetics, check out: Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology and Sound Change

For the most popular book on the subject (ranked by the US amazon.com book website), check out: A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English

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