The Phonetic Writings of Robert Robinson

The Phonetic Writings of Robert Robinson

The Phonetic Writings of Robert Robinson

The Phonetic Writings of Robert Robinson

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As the purpose of such an edition as this is I think self-evident, and as the editorial principles which I have followed are explained in the Introduction, my only duty in a Preface is the pleasant one of returning thanks. On various occasions--some of which they may have forgotten, but I hope that I have not-- I have received help and advice from Dr. C. T. Onions, Professors C. L. Wrenn, J. R. R. Tolkien, Daniel Jones, and F. P. Wilson, Dr. F. L. Harrison, Dr. R. W. Hunt, Messrs. D. Abercrombie, D. Hamer, and G. V. Smithers, and the successive honorary secretaries of the Early English Text Society, Miss P. M. Kean and Mr. R. W. Burchfield. To the Council of the Society I owe my thanks for accepting this edition for inclusion among their publications; and to the Curators of the Bodleian Library for permission to print unpublished material in their possession and to reproduce the facsimiles which form the frontispiece.

Finally, it is right to acknowledge here, as I have done elsewhere, that it was the late H. G. Fiedler, then Taylor Professor of the German Language and Literature in the University of Oxford, who by his recognition of the significance of The Art of Pronuntiation not only made English philologists aware of its value, but thereby also indirectly made possible the identification of the so-called 'Barnfield's ciphers' as phonetic transcripts in Robinson's symbols.

E. J. DOBSON

Jesus College, Oxford 3 December 1956 . . .

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