Pronunciations of combining forms and affixes in the Oxford English Dictionary

Matthew Moreland, Catherine Sangster

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The third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED3) incorporates a new approach to the pronunciation sections of combining form and affix entries. Headword-level pronunciations are replaced by statements pertaining to typical stress patterns and vowel reduction, while thousands of lemmas contained within these entries receive British and American pronunciations for the first time. Accounting for the four different structures of current OED combining form and affix entries, the integration of pronunciation information is tailored to supply the user with an appropriate and useful level of information in each case.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56–67
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Lexicography
Issue number1
Early online date2 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • affixes
  • combing forms
  • dictionary use
  • linguistics
  • morphology
  • online dictionary
  • phonetics
  • pronunciation
  • publishing

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