Peter Ladefoged

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Peter Nielsen Ladefoged (/ˈlædɪfɡɪd/ LAD-if-oh-ghid,[1] Danish: [ˈpʰe̝ˀtɐ ˈne̝lsn̩ ˈlɛːðəˌfoːð̩];[2] 17 September 1925 – 24 January 2006) was a British linguist and phonetician.[3]

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Peter Ladefoged
Ladefoged in 2004
Born(1925-09-17)17 September 1925
Died24 January 2006(2006-01-24) (aged 80)
London, England
Alma mater
Scientific career
Doctoral studentsJohn Ohala

He was Professor of Phonetics at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he taught from 1962 to 1991. His book A Course in Phonetics is a common introductory text in phonetics, and The Sounds of the World's Languages (co-authored with Ian Maddieson) is widely regarded as a standard phonetics reference. Ladefoged also wrote several books on the phonetics of African languages. Prior to UCLA, he was a lecturer at the universities of Edinburgh, Scotland (1953–59, 1960–1) and Ibadan, Nigeria (1959–60).[4]