Wayne B Dickerson

 Wayne Dickerson

Contact Information

University of Illinois
Dept. of Linguistics, MC-168
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Office: 3039 Foreign Languages Bldg.
Professor Emeritus

Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • The main themes of my research are the acquisition of second-language sound systems, a reanalysis of English orthography and its value as a tool to improve a learner's oral English, applications of generative phonology to the learning and teaching of English pronunciation, online delivery of TESL courses.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Dickerson, Wayne B The psycholinguistic unity of language learning and language change Language Learning 26 2 1976, p. 215-231.
Dickerson, Wayne B English orthography --- A guide to word stress and vowel quality International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching 16 1978, p. 127-147.
Dickerson, Wayne B Explicit rules and the developing interlanguage phonology in Sound Patterns in Second Language Acquisition Studies on Second Language Acquisition 5 1987, p. 121-140.
Should we teach construction stress to ESL/EFL students? Educators and Education Journal 19 2004, p. 81-96.
A is for alphabet... Roman letters and their use in written English Educators and Education Journal 21 2006, p. 1-21.
Upstream destressing: Another step toward more natural speech in J. Levis & K LeVelle (eds.). Proceedings of 2nd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept 2010 2010, p. 70-81.


Dickerson, Wayne B Stress in the Speech Stream: The Rhythm of Spoken English University of Illinois Press 1989.
Dickerson, Wayne B, and Laura D Hahn Speechcraft: Discourse Pronunciation for Advanced Learners University of Michigan Press 1999.

Encyclopedia Entries

Prediction in pronunciation teaching Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics Wiley-Blackwell 2013.