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  1. Many speakers will insert \ \ after \ \ when it precedes \l\. Additionally, some speakers pronounce \ \ and \i\ identically before \l\, with the result that word pairs like heel and hill are homophones. The sound pronounced in such cases may be either \ \ or \i\ as pronounced by those who distinguish the two. \ e \.

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    The following tables show the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and the English pronunciation (enPR) or American Heritage Dictionary (AHD) symbols that are used to represent the various sounds of the English language. The sounds of Received Pronunciation (RP, UK), General American pronunciation (GenAm, US), Canadian English (CanE), Australian E...

    Wikipedia's article on English phonology
    Wikipedia's IPA chart for English dialects (and for conversion to ASCII, the SAMPA chart for English)
    Wikipedia's article on Pronunciation respelling for English
    Gimson, A. C. (1980) An Introduction to the Pronunciation of English, 3rd edn. edition, London: Edward Arnold, →ISBN
    Kenyon, John S.; Thomas A. Knott (1944/1953) A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, →ISBN
    Wells, J. C. (2000) Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, 2nd edn. edition, Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education Limited, →ISBN
  4. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (abbreviated AHD) uses a phonetic notation based on the Latin alphabet to transcribe the pronunciation of spoken English. It and similar respelling systems, such as those used by the Merriam-Webster and Random House dictionaries, are familiar to US schoolchildren.

  5. A pronunciation respelling for English is a notation used to convey the pronunciation of words in the English language, which do not have a phonemic orthography (i.e. the spelling does not reliably indicate pronunciation). There are two basic types of pronunciation respelling:

  6. Merriam Webster Pronunciation Symbols. All pronunciation information is printed between reversed virgules. Pronunciation symbols are printed in roman type and all other information, such as labels and notes, is printed in italics.

  7. Merriam-Webster Reference Help. Pronunciation Key: Quick Reference; Pronunciation Full Guide: PDF download; Explanatory Notes to the Dictionary; Explanatory Notes to the Thesaurus; Merriam-Webster Mobile App Help. FAQ: Merriam-Webster iPhone and iPad Apps; FAQ: Merriam-Webster Android Apps

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