A critical pronouncing dictionary and expositor of the English language. In which not only the ...

A critical pronouncing dictionary and expositor of the English language. In which not only the meaning of every word is clearly explained, and the sound of every syllable distinctly shown, but where words are subject to different pronunciations, the reasons for each are at large displayed. To which are prefixed, principles of English pronunciation

Walker, John

Published by G. G. and J. Robinson, 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 dictionary; 4to, [i]-viii, [4], [ix]-[lvi], [6], plus unpaginated lexicon in triple column; A4 a2 b-g4 B-4D4; a few spots and stains throughout, else a very good copy in full contemporary calf neatly rebacked, black morocco label on spine. An actor and lecturer on elocution, Walker (1732-1807) "enjoyed the patronage and friendship of Dr. Johnson, Edmund Burke, and other distinguished men" (DNB). His Pronouncing Dictionary is a landmark in English lexicography, the pronunciations eventually being married with Johnson's text; and thus, editions of Johnson-Walker proliferated into the 20th century. Hence did Walker's pronunciation became synonymous with standard English, and adherence to Walker evidenced good breeding and social standing. Alston V, 336; Kennedy 6308; Vancil, p. 248. Bookseller Inventory # 44531

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Title: A critical pronouncing dictionary and ...

Publisher: G. G. and J. Robinson, London

Publication Date: 1791

Edition: 1st Edition

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