Ian Maddieson

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Ian Maddieson is an professor emeritus of linguist at the University of New Mexico and who was previously at the University of California, Berkeley.

He was Vice-President of the International Phonetic Association and Secretary of the Association for Laboratory Phonology.


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

External links

  • Ian Maddieson's Homepage
  • Ian Maddieson's Homepage at the University of Berkeley

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