Ian Maddieson

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Ian Maddieson is a linguist at UC Berkeley, an Adjunct Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico, Vice-President of the International Phonetic Association, and Secretary of the Association for Laboratory Phonology. He wrote the books Patterns of Sounds and Sounds of the World's Languages.


  • Ladefoged, Peter; Maddieson, Ian (1996). The Sounds of the World's Languages. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 0-631-19814-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    • Based on data from about 400 languages, the book describes the known contrasting phonetic categories (ways in which the phonemic sounds of the human languages may differ)
  • Ian Maddieson, Patterns of Sounds,
    • Cambridge University Press, 1984, ISBN 0-521-26536-3
    • Cambridge University Press, 2009, ISBN 0-521-11326-1
    • The book analyzes frequencies and distributions of the phonemic sounds among languages. The results are based on UPSID (the UCLA Phonological Segment Inventory Database).

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