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Peter Roach Quick Facts

Peter Roach (b.1943) is a British phonetician.

Peter Roach Quick Facts


Birth Name: Peter John Roach
AKA: Peter Roach
Date of Birth: June 30, 1943
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Ethnicity: White
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Helen (m. 1966)
  • Son: Sam
  • Son: Matt
Peter Roach is known for: his works on phonetics.
Alma Mater:
  • School: Priory Grammar School, Shrewsbury
  • Graduation: Oxford (Brasenose College)
  • Post Graduation: Manchester University; University College London


“Languages have different accents: they are pronounced differently by people from different geographical places, from different social classes, of different ages and different educational backgrounds. The word accent is often confused with dialect. We use the word dialect to refer to a variety of a language which is different from others not just in pronunciation but also in such matters as vocabulary, grammar and word order. Differences of accent, on the other hand, are pronunciation differences only.” – Peter Roach, English Phonetics and Phonology: A Practical Course

Major Books

1992: Computing in Linguistics and Phonetics, ed. Roach, Peter
2001: Phonetics
2009: English Phonetics and Phonology
2011: The Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary by Daniel Jones, ed. Roach, P., Esling, J. and Setter, J.

Did you know?

  • In 1968 Peter Roach was appointed to the Linguistic Science Department of the University of Reading as a lecturer and taught phonetics there till 1978.
  • Roach attained his PhD while working in the University of Reading.
  • He then joined the University of Leeds as Senior Lecturer in Phonetics in the Department of Linguistics & Phonetics.
  • From 1986 to 1992 Roach was the Secretary of the International Phonetic Association.
  • Roach moved to the Department of Psychology at Leeds University and was appointed as Professor of Cognitive Psychology.
  • In 1994 Roach returned to the University of Reading as Professor of Phonetics and Director of the Speech Research Laboratory.
  • At the University of Reading he was the Head of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies for four years.
  • Upon his retirement in September 2003 from the University of Reading, Roach was conferred the Emeritus Professor title of Phonetics.
  • He is an author of nearly 70 publications.
  • His book English Phonetics and Phonology has been widely considered as one of the most practical and comprehensive text in the field of phonetics.
  • Roach is an old car enthusiast.
  • Although retired, now Roach spends much time in correcting the phonetic entries on Wikipedia.

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