David Abercrombie (linguist)

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David Abercrombie (19 December 1909 – 4 July 1992) was a British phonetician who established the 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 and died in Edinburgh at the age of 82.[1] He was a son of Lascelles Abercrombie.



  • Abercrombie, David (1964). English phonetic texts. London: Faber and Faber.
  • Abercrombie, David (1965). Studies in phonetics and linguistics. 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. doi:10.1159/000261926.

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