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David Abercrombie (1909–1992) was a British phonetician who established the important Department of Phonetics at the University of Edinburgh. He was a student of J. R. Firth and Daniel Jones. He retired as Professor of Phonetics in 1980.


  • Abercrombie, David. (1964). English phonetic texts. London: Faber and Faber.
  • Abercrombie, David. (1965). Studies in linguistics and phonetics. London: Oxford University Press.
  • Abercrombie, David. (1967). Elements of general phonetics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Abercrombie, David. (1991). Fifty years in phonetics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Kelly, J. (1993). David Abercrombie. Phonetica, 50, 68–71.


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