A critical pronouncing dictionary and expositor of the English language. To which are prefixed, ...

A critical pronouncing dictionary and expositor of the English language. To which are prefixed, principles of English pronunciation.

WALKER, JOHN

Published by sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinson and T. Cadell, London, 1791
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First edition of Walker's greatest dictionary, which had a more profound effect on the pronunciation of English than any other; 4to, pp. xvi, 71, [1] plus unpaginated lexicon in triple column, very mild spotting throughout, else a very good copy in contemporary full calf, red morocco label on gilt-paneled spine, joints a little rubbed, spine a bit soiled. An actor and lecturer on elocution, Walker (1732-1807) "enjoyed the patronage and friendship of Dr. Johnson, Edmund Burke, and other distinguished men" (DNB). One of the most influential dictionaries in the history of English lexicography: Walker's famous pronunciations were eventually married with Johnson's text; and editions of Johnson-Walker proliferated into the 20th century. Thus did Walker's pronunciations become synonymous not only with standard English, but good breeding and social standing, and it remains the basis of English speech in use today. Alston V, 336. Vancil, p. 248. Bookseller Inventory # 42848

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Title: A critical pronouncing dictionary and ...

Publisher: sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinson and T. Cadell, London

Publication Date: 1791

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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