John C. Wells

John Christopher Wells ( born March 11, 1939), MA ( London), Ph.D. (London), is a British linguist and Professor of Phonetics at University College London. He is a member of the five-member academic advisory group of Linguaphone.

His best-known publications are Accents of English, The Sounds of the IPA, Lingvistikaj Aspektoj de Esperanto as well as the pronunciation dictionary Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. He is the author of a dictionary English- Esperanto and inventor of the phonetic alphabet, X - SAMPA ASCII.

John C. Wells conducts research primarily in the field of phonetic description of the variants ( varieties ) of English.

Regularly conducts Wells two weeks phonetic summer courses with a focus on practical and theoretical phonetics and pronunciation lessons. The course can be completed after successful written and oral testimony to the IPA Certificate of Proficiency in the Phonetics of English.

Wells was secretary of the International Phonetic Association, editor of its magazine, and from 1989 to 1995 president of the Universal Esperanto Association; Since 2004, he is sitting in front of the British Esperanto Association. He is a member of the British Academy and the Academy of Esperanto.