Dear ladies and gentlemen. I found myself in need of a detailed source of information regarding variants of pronouncing English sounds, and chanced upon this answer presented by tchrist several years ago:


The information given in this reply is exactly the kind I was looking for, however for the life of me I can't find either the original OED article or even the exact edition of OED where such detailed information on pronunciation is present. I would love to ask tchrist directly, however the site won't allow that. Could you please help me?

Best regards,


  • @tchrist can you answer this request directly? Oct 17, 2017 at 2:22
  • You can always ask in chat (he is a mod)
    – Mitch
    Oct 17, 2017 at 2:33
  • @Mitch, thanks! Sadly, I think my reputation is not high enough to talk in the chat :( It says I need at least 20, and I only just registered and am still learning the ropes.
    – Xaenor
    Oct 17, 2017 at 2:39
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    Well, Wikipedia has an article giving an overview of English phonology, and for an overview of sound-spelling correspondences, you can read the book "Dictionary of the British English Spelling System", by Greg Brooks.
    – herisson
    Oct 17, 2017 at 16:54
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    @sumelic, thanks a ton for that Dictionary - it's a wonderful book and I think it'll serve me just fine. If you like, please leave an answer with the link to it so that I can mark your reply as the answer I was looking for.
    – Xaenor
    Oct 19, 2017 at 10:30


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