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Wayne B Dickerson

Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education and Linguistics

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Contact Information:

  • Address: Linguistics
    3039 FLB
    707 S Mathews Ave
    M/C 172
    Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217)333-6599
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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • 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.



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

Journal Articles

  • "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): 70-81.
  • "A is for alphabet... Roman letters and their use in written English." Educators and Education Journal 21 (2006): 1-21.
  • "Should we teach construction stress to ESL/EFL students?." Educators and Education Journal 19 (2004): 81-96.
  • Dickerson, Wayne B. "Explicit rules and the developing interlanguage phonology in Sound Patterns in Second Language Acquisition." Studies on Second Language Acquisition 5 (1987): 121-140.
  • Dickerson, Wayne B. "English orthography --- A guide to word stress and vowel quality." International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching 16 (1978): 127-147.
  • Dickerson, Wayne B. "The psycholinguistic unity of language learning and language change." Language Learning 26.2 (1976): 215-231.

Encyclopedia Entries

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