J.D. O'Connor





J.D. O'Connor


Born
December 10, 1919

Died
July 15, 1998


Phonetics is a subject that if poorly taught can seem austere and difficult. ‘Doc’ O’Connor, who has died of pneumonia aged 78, was a phonetician whose lectures were witty and effortlessly informative, and whose writing was elegant and readable. Generations of students continue to be grateful to his textbooks - particularly his Penguin Phonetics and, for students of English as a second language, his Better English Pronunciation.

He grew up in Harrogate, where his father was at one time mayor, and came to University College London in 1937 to read French. Having gained a First, he joined the Royal Armoured Corps, rising by the end of the war to the rank of Major. But he had made such an impression on those who taught him French phonetics that
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