Pronunciation resources

English

LPD

J.C. Wells. Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. 3rd ed. Harlow: Longman, 2008.

In English. A specialized pronunciation dictionary. Gives pronunciations in British and American English, in IPA. A wide selection of proper names. Pronunciation in the language of origin for a selection of words and names from foreign languages.

Sample LPD transcription Pronouncer transcription
Johnson ˈdʒɒnts ən ǁ ˈdʒɑːnts- /ˈʤɒns.ən/ [ˈʤɒnts.ən] GB[ˈʤɒnts.ən] US[ˈʤɑːnts.ən]
Leonard ˈlen əd ǁ –ərd /ˈlɛn.ərd/ [ˈlɛn.ərd] GB[ˈlɛn.əd] US[ˈlɛn.ərd]
EPD

Daniel Jones; edited by Peter Roach, Jane Setter, & John Esling. Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary. 18th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P., 2011.

In English. A specialized pronunciation dictionary. Gives pronunciations in British and American English, in IPA. A wide selection of proper names. Pronunciation in the language of origin for a selection of words and names from foreign languages. The first edition in 1917, the English Pronouncing Dictionary, was written by Daniel Jones, who continued to work on subsequent editions (with major revisions in 1937 and in 1956) up until his death. A. C. Gimson followed as editor and introduced changes in the transcription in 1967’s 13th edition that have since become widely accepted. After Cambridge University Press acquired the rights, the 15th edition in 1997 added American pronunciations; all previous editions only contained British pronunciations.

Sample EPD transcription Pronouncer transcription
Johnson ˈdʒɒnt.sən, (US) ˈdʒɑːnt /ˈʤɒns.ən/ [ˈʤɒnts.ən] GB[ˈʤɒnts.ən] US[ˈʤɑːnts.ən]
MW

Merriam-Webster Online: Dictionary and Thesaurus. Merriam-Webster Inc. http://www.merriam-webster.com/

In English. A general dictionary of American English. Gives pronunciations for each entry in American English, in a set of phonetic symbols specific to Merriam-Webster. Audio pronunciations also provided.

MWBD

Webster’s New Biographical Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 1988.

In English. A dictionary of biographical names. Gives pronunciations for each entry in American English, in a set of phonetic symbols specific to Merriam-Webster. Includes pronouncing lists of name elements, titles, and prenames in addition to the main biographical entries.

MWGD

Merriam-Webster’s Geographical Dictionary. 3rd ed. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 1997.

In English. A dictionary of biographical names. Gives pronunciations for each entry in American English, in a set of phonetic symbols specific to Merriam-Webster. Includes pronouncing lists of name elements, titles, and prenames in addition to the main biographical entries.

PDBN

G.E. Pointon. BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names. Oxford: Oxford U.P., 1990.

In English. A specialized pronunciation dictionary. British personal and place names given in IPA and modified spelling.

Sample PDBN transcription Pronouncer transcription
Johnson ˈdʒɒnsən, jónssŏn /ˈʤɒns.ən/ [ˈʤɒnts.ən] GB[ˈʤɒnts.ən] US[ˈʤɑːnts.ən]
MQD

The Macquarie Dictionary Online. Macmillan Publishers Group Australia. https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/

In English. A general dictionary of Australian English. Gives pronunciation in Australian English, in IPA. With a wide selection of Australian proper names. Subscription required. Free 30-day trial available.

Korean

표준 / GDSK

표준국어대사전 [Pyojun Gugeo Daesajeon (“The Great Dictionary of Standard Korean”)]. 국립국어원 [Gungnip Gugeowon (“The National Institute of the Korean Language”)]. http://stdweb2.korean.go.kr/main.jsp

In Korean. A general dictionary of Korean. Meant to be a prescriptive dictionary of Standard Korean produced by The National Institute of the Korean Language, the regulator of the language in South Korea. Gives pronunciation respelling in square brackets ([ ]) when the pronunciation differs from the usual spelling. Pronunciations are not given for loanwords, dialectal words, archaic words, or Korean words used in North Korea. Gives a wide selection of proper names, including biographical names of notable historical individuals active up to around the 1970s.

Sample GDSK transcription Pronouncer transcription
경주 Gyeongju [경ː-] [경ː-] /ɡjʌːŋ.ʣʲu/ [ɡ̊jəːŋ.ʣʲu]
꾀꼬리 kkoekkori [꾀–/꿰–] [꾀–/꿰–] /kø.ko.li/ [køk.ko.ɾi, kwek-]
박정희 Park Chung-hee [-쩡히] [-쩡히] /baɡ ʣʲʌːŋ.hi/ [b̥ak|ʣ̥ʲəːŋ|hi → b̥ak.ʦʲʌŋ.ɦi]

German

Duden

Max Mangold. Duden, Band 6: Das Aussprachewörterbuch. Mannheim: Dudenverlag, 2005.

In German. A specialized pronunciation dictionary. Gives pronunciations in IPA. Includes a wide selection of proper names. The pronunciation of foreign words and names in the original language are abundantly provided, in many cases to the exclusion of any Germanized pronunciations. Includes guidelines for the original-language pronunciations of 17 languages.

DAw

Eva-Maria Krech, Eberhard Stock, Ursula Hirschfeld, Lutz Christian Anders. Deutsches Aussprachewörterbuch. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010.

In German. A specialized pronunciation dictionary. Gives pronunciations in somewhat narrow IPA. Includes a wide selection of proper names. Unlike Duden, Words and names of foreign origin are always given Germanized pronunciations. Includes guidelines for the Germanized pronunciations of 19 languages.

French

DPF

Léon Warnant. Dictionnaire de la prononciation française dans sa norme actuelle. Paris-Gembloux: Duculot, 1987.

In French. A specialized pronunciation dictionary. Gives pronunciations in IPA. Includes a wide selection of proper names, though it is often unreliable for foreign names and is somewhat dated in its tendency to apply rules of French pronunciation to foreign names. Out of print.

Sample DPF transcription Pronouncer transcription
Françoise fʀɑ̃-swaː(-)z(ə) /fʁɑ̃su̯azə/ [fʁɑ̃.swaːzə]
PHF

Jean-Marie Pierret. Phonétique historique du français et notions de phonétique générale. Louvain-la-Neuve: Peeters, 1994.

In French. While the work is in large part devoted to the historical developments of French pronunciation, it contains many transcriptions of contemporary French pronunciation in IPA, including some proper names, which are marked with an asterisk (*) in the transcriptions.

Sample PHF transcription Pronouncer transcription
Bruxelles [*bʀysɛl] /bʁysɛlə/ [bʁy.sɛlə]

Italian

DiPI

Luciano Canepari. Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana Online. http://dipionline.it/dizionario/

In Italian. A specialized pronunciation dictionary. Gives pronunciations in IPA, with information on traditional and current pronunciations as well as regional variations within the central Italian regions where Standard Italian is spoken natively. Includes a wide selection of proper names. Does not include Italians words and names whose pronunciations are obvious to Italian speakers.

Sample DiPI transcription Pronouncer transcription
bolognese boloɲˈɲeze. -s- [T s/z] mod.: /boloɲˈɲeze/ [bo.loɲ.ˈɲeː.ze], trad.: /boloɲˈɲese/ [bo.loɲ.ˈɲeː.se]
Venezia veˈnɛʦʦja /veˈnɛʦʦia/ [ve.ˈnɛʦ.ʦja]

Portuguese

FPE

António Emiliano. Fonética do Português Europeu: Descrição e Transcrição. Lisboa: Guimarães Editores, 2009.

In Portuguese. In the main body of this work, the author discusses the sounds of European Portuguese and proposes a standard transcription. Includes a pronouncing dictionary of Portuguese place names in IPA and SAMPA.

Sample FPE transcription Pronouncer transcription
Lisboa [ɫiʒˈboɐ] [L\iZ”bo6] /ɫiz.ˈbo.a/ PT[ɫiʒ.ˈβo.ɐ] BR[ɫiz.ˈbo.ɐ]

Swedish

NSU

Per Hedelin. Norstedts svenska uttalslexikon. Stockholm: Norstedts Förlag, 1997.

In Swedish. A specialized pronunciation dictionary. Includes a “Key to IPA Characters Used in the Dictionary” in English.

Sample NSU transcription Pronouncer transcription
Lagerlöf [`lɑːɡə~ˎɭøːv] /²lɑːɡ.ɛr.ˌløːv/ [ˈlɑ᷆ːɡ.ə.ˌɭø̂ːv]

Danish

DU

Peter Molbæk Hansen. Danske udtale / Udtaleordbog. København: Gyldendal, 1990.

In Danish. A specialized pronunciation dictionary. Includes a small selection of proper names, mostly place names.

Sample DU transcription Pronouncer transcription
dansk ˈdanʼsg /ˈdanˀsɡ/ [ˈd̥a̝nˀsɡ̊]
DDO

Den Danske Ordbog: Moderne Dansk Sprog. Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab. http://ordnet.dk/ddo

In Danish. A general dictionary of the language. Gives pronunciations for each entry (except derived or compound words) in IPA. Audio pronunciations are also provided. Proper names are usually not included. Part of the interface is available in English under the name The Danish Dictionary at http://ordnet.dk/ddo_en.

Sample DDO transcription Pronouncer transcription
dansk [ˈdanˀsg] /ˈdanˀsɡ/ [ˈd̥a̝nˀsɡ̊]

Norwegian

NU

Bjarne Berulfsen. Norsk uttaleordbok. Oslo: Aschehoug, 1969.

In Norwegian. A specialized pronunciation dictionary. Includes a moderate selection of proper names.

Sample NU transcription Pronouncer transcription
Hardanger hardaˊŋŋər /hɑr.¹dɑŋ.ŋər/ [hɑ.ˈɖɑ̀ŋ.ŋər]
meddelelse meːˊdeˑləlsə /¹meː.deːl.əl.sə/ [ˈmèː.deːl.l̩.sə]
Tjølling ᶄöˋlliŋ /²ɕœl.lɪŋ/ [ˈɕœ̂l.lɪ̌ŋ]
PN

R. G. Popperwell. The Pronunciation of Norwegian. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P., 1963

In English. A description of educated eastern Norwegian pronunciation in IPA. Includes an index of words used in the book with pronunciations.

Sample PN transcription Pronouncer transcription
Hardanger hɑṛˊḍɑŋːər /hɑr.¹dɑŋ.ŋər/ [hɑ.ˈɖɑ̀ŋ.ŋər]
meddelelse ˊmeːdeːll̩sə /¹meː.deːl.əl.sə/ [ˈmèː.deːl.l̩.sə]
Tjølling ˇçølːiŋ /²ɕœl.lɪŋ/ [ˈɕœ̂l.lɪ̌ŋ]

Dutch

RDD

N. Osselton and R. Hempelman. The New Routledge Dutch Dictionary: Dutch-English and English-Dutch. London: Routledge, 2003.

In English. A general dictionary of the language. First published in 2001 by Van Dale Lexicografie bv as Ster Woordenboek Engels-Nederlands/Nederlands-Engels. Gives pronunciation for each entry in IPA. Proper names other than names of prominent countries and regions are usually not included.

Sample RDD transcription Pronouncer transcription
eventueel [evə(n)tywel] /ˌevəntyˈel/ [ˌev.ən.tyˈweːl] NL[ˌev.ən.tyˈweːl] BE[ˌev.ən.tyˈweːl]
Hollands [hɔlɑnts] /ˈɦɔl.ɑnts/ [ˈɦɔl.ɑnts] NL[ˈɦɔl.ɑnts] BE[ˈɦɔl.ɑnts]
Vlaanderen [vlandərə(n)] /ˈvland.ər.ən/ [ˈvlaːnd.ər.ən] NL[ˈflaːnd.ər.ən] BE[ˈvlaːnd.ər.ən]
ABNU

P. C. Paardekooper. ABN-uitspraakgids. Antwerpen: Heideland-Orbis, 1987. http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/paar001abnu01_01/

In Dutch. A specialized pronunciation dictionary in IPA. Relatively small selection of words and very few proper names.

Sample ABNU transcription Pronouncer transcription
eventueel evənty’el /ˌevəntyˈel/ [ˌev.ən.tyˈweːl] NL[ˌev.ən.tyˈweːl] BE[ˌev.ən.tyˈweːl]
Hollands hɔlɑns /ˈɦɔl.ɑnts/ [ˈɦɔl.ɑnts] NL[ˈɦɔl.ɑnts] BE[ˈɦɔl.ɑnts]

4 thoughts on “Pronunciation resources

  1. CrNon 1 August 2016 / 12:00 pm

    The latest edition of Duden was released last year.

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  2. CrNon 1 August 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Do you know any Greek and Russian dictionaries that provide the pronunciation of proper names? Thank you.

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    • pronouncer 1 August 2016 / 12:22 pm

      I am afraid that I am not aware of any. I would also be interested to know of any such resources.

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