Department of Management, Society and Communication

Associate professor emeritus


Inger Margrethe Mees read English language and literature at the University of Leiden, where she obtained her master’s degree (cum laude) in 1977. In 1974-75, she spent a year at Edinburgh University attending courses on phonetics. In 1983, she was awarded a doctorate from Leiden for a longitudinal socio-phonetic study of the pronunciation of schoolchildren in Cardiff. From 1977-84 she was lecturer at Leiden University. In 1985 she was appointed Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School, specialising in the teaching of phonetics and pronunciation training. From 1999-2000 she held the Giese Lectureship at the University of Copenhagen. She has written on contrastive phonetics and pronunciation training for Danish and Dutch students and has also published in the fields of sociolinguistics, historiography of phonetics, English-medium instruction, and translation processes.

Primary research areas
  • Contrastive phonetics (Dutch, Danish, English)
  • Socio-phonetics (especially language variation and change)
  • Historiography of phonetics
  • Translation processes
  • English as a medium of instruction in higher education
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Other teaching activities

UCL Summer Course in English Phonetics

Selected publications

Collins, Beverley, Mees, Inger M., & Carley, Paul (2019) Practical English Phonetics and Phonology. Abingdon & New York: Routledge. 4th revised edn.  With accompanying website with keys to activities and recordings.

Carley, Paul, Mees, Inger M., & Collins, Beverley (2018) English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice. Abingdon & New York: Routledge. With companion website containing phonetic transcriptions and recordings of all the practice material (30 hours).

Mees, Inger M., Dragsted, Barbara, Gorm Hansen, Inge, & Jakobsen, Arnt Lykke (2015). Sound effects in translation. In M. Ehrensberger-Dow, S. Göpferich, & S. O’Brien (eds), Interdisciplinarity in Translation and Interpreting Process Research (pp. 141-155). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. Benjamins Current Topics, No. 72, DOI: 10.1075/bct.72.

Collins, Beverley, Carley, Paul, & Mees, Inger M. (2014) Daniel Jones. Oxford Bibliographies: Linguistics. Ed. / Mark Aronoff. New York: Oxford University Press.

Collins, B., Mees, Inger M., & Carley, P. (eds) (2013) English Phonetics: Twentieth Century Developments, London: Routledge. 6 vols. with introductions: vol. I: J. A. Afzelius’s pronouncing dictionary; vol. II: Arthur Lloyd James: Broadcasting and spoken English; vol. III: Arthur Lloyd James: Broadcast English; vol IV: English phonetics; vol V: Landmarks in the study of English intonation; vol. VI: Phonetics of English as a foreign language.

Collins, B. & Inger M. Mees (2008) Pronouncing dictionaries – 2 Mid-19th century to the present day. In A. Cowie (ed.). Oxford History of Lexicography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 176-218.

Collins, B. and I.M. Mees (eds) (2006) Phonetics of English in the Nineteenth Century, London: Routledge. Collection of seven volumes, each with a critical introduction. I: Selected Writings; II: Isaac Pitman; III: Alexander John Ellis; IV: Alexander Melville Bell & Alexander Graham Bell; V. Henry Sweet; VI. Laura Soames; VII. Walter Ripman.

Collins, B. and I.M. Mees (eds) (2003) Daniel Jones: Selected Works, London: Routledge. Collection of eight volumes, each with a critical introduction: I. Phonetics of English; II. Phonetic Dictionary of the English Language; III. English Pronouncing Dictionary; IV. European Languages 1: Romance Languages; V. European Languages 2: Russian; VI. Non-European Languages; VII. Selected Papers; VIII. Unpublished Writings and Correspondence.

Collins, B. & Inger M. Mees (1999) The Real Professor Higgins: the Life and Career of Daniel Jones. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 597 pp.

Publications List
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Paul Carley; Inger Mees / English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice
2.ed.Abingdon : Routledge 2024, 176 p.
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Paul Carley; Inger Mees / In Memoriam: Jack Windsor Lewis (1926-2021)
In: Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Vol. 51, No. 3, 2021, p. 507-509
Paul Carley; Inger Mees; Beverley Collins; Hiroshi Miura / イギリス英語音声学
Tokyo : Taishukan Publishing Company 2021, 236 p.
Paul Carley; Inger Mees / American English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice
Abingdon : Routledge 2020, 253 p.
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Beverley Collins; Inger Mees; Paul Carley / Practical English Phonetics and Phonology : A Resource Book for Students.
4.ed.Abingdon : Routledge 2019, 318 p. (Routledge English Language Introductions)
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Paul Carley; Inger Mees; Beverley Collins / English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice
Abingdon : Routledge 2018, 308 p.
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Beverley Collins; S.P. den Hollander; Inger Mees; Jill Rodd / Sounding Better : A Practical Guide to English Pronunciation for Speakers of Dutch.
3ed.Holten : Walvaboek 2018, 144 p.
Jack Windsor Lewis; Inger Mees / A Brief Historical Overview of Pronunciations of English in Dictionaries
In: Linguistica, Vol. 57, No. 1, 2017, p. 343-356
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Inger Mees; Christina Høøck Osorno; Paul Carley / Age-grading and Stability in Cardiff : A Real-time Study Spanning 34 Years.
In: English Phonetics. Journal of EPSJ, Vol. 21, 2017, p. 87-107
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Inger Mees; Christina Høøck Osorno / The Complexity of the BATH Words in Cardiff English
In: Linguistica, Vol. 57, No. 1, 2017, p. 229-245
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