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A new dictionary of the English language: containing, not only the explanation of words, with their Orthography, Etymology, and Idiomatical Use in Writing; but likewise, their orthoepia or pronunciation in Speech, according to the present Practice of polished Speakers in the Metropolis; which is rendered obvious at Sight, in a Manner perfectly simple, and principally new. To which is prefixed, a rhetorical grammar; In which The Elements of Speech in general, and those of the English Tongue in particular are analyzed; and the Rudiments of Articulation, Pronunciation and Prosody intelligibly displayed. By William Kenrick, LL.D. London: printed for John and Francis Rivington, William Johnston, Thomas Longman, and Thomas Cadell, MDCCLXXIII.
Year Edition Type of Work
1773 1st Pronouncing dictionary

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none on imprint [8], viii, 57, [1], [724]p.; 4° London, Middlesex, England
Physical description from ECCO.
(Beal 1999: 73) "Kenrick is cited by Holmberg (1964: 29) as being, along with Sheridan, 'the first to introduce a practicable transcription system'. Kenrick did indicate the phonetic quality of each word, but his system involves even less interference with the traditional orthography than Johnston's: indeed, his system can hardly be called one of 'transcription' at all."
(Beal 1999: 74) "Kenrick acknowledges 'the celebrated Mr Sheridan' as the source of his idea for distinguishing 'the sounds of words by certain typographical marks to be placed over particular syllables'."
(Beal 1999: 75) "Perry's scheme, like Johnston's and Kenrick's, would be termed diacritic according to both Emsley's and Abercrombie's definitions".
Beal 1999, ECCO, ODNB 2004
grammar section, dedication, introduction, title page, dictionary entry


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Kenrick, William 1729/30-1779 male View


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