John Henry Esling
5 June 1949 Nationality Canadian Occupation Linguist
Title Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Victoria President of the International Phonetic Association (2011-15) John Henry Esling, (born 5 June 1949) is a Canadian FRSC linguist specializing in phonetics. He is a Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Victoria, where he taught from 1981 to 2014. Esling was President of the International Phonetic Association from 2011 to 2015 and a co-editor of the 1999 Handbook of the International Phonetic Association.
His research primarily concerns the categorization, measurement and transcription of
voice quality and vocal register, and the production and perception of laryngeal sounds.  
Esling received a BA in History and Languages from
Northwestern University in 1971, an MA in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from the University of Michigan in 1972, and a PhD in Phonetics from the University of Edinburgh in 1978. His teachers at Michigan included  J. C. Catford and Kenneth Pike, and at Edinburgh David Abercrombie and John Laver, who supervised his PhD thesis. 
After teaching at the
University of Leeds, Esling began working at the University of Victoria in 1981. He chaired its Linguistic Department between 2008 and 2013. He retired in 2014 with the title of a Professor Emeritus of Linguistics.  
Esling was President of the
International Phonetic Association from 2011 to 2015. He served as its Secretary from 1995 to 2003, and edited the from 2003 to 2011. He co-edited the 1999 Journal of the International Phonetic Association Handbook of the International Phonetic Association with Francis Nolan, and the 2011 18th edition of the with Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary Peter Roach and Jane Setter.  
In 2009, he was elected a
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. 
Esling, John H. (1978). (Thesis). University of Edinburgh. Voice Quality in Edinburgh: A Sociolinguistic and Phonetic Study
Esling, John H.; Wong, Rita F. (1983). "Voice Quality Settings and the Teaching of Pronunciation". . TESOL Quarterly 17 (1): 89-95. JSTOR 3586426.
Esling, John; Gaylord, Harry (1993). "Computer Codes for Phonetic Symbols". . Journal of the International Phonetic Association 23 (2): 83-97. doi: 10.1017/S0025100300004898.
Ball, Martin J.; Esling, John; Dickson, Craig (1995). "The VoQS System for the Transcription of Voice Quality". . Journal of the International Phonetic Association 25 (2): 71-80. doi: 10.1017/S0025100300005181.
Esling, John H. (1996). "Pharyngeal consonants and the aryepiglottic sphincter". . Journal of the International Phonetic Association 26 (2): 65-88. doi: 10.1017/S0025100300006125.
Esling, John H. (1998). "Everyone Has an Accent Except Me". In Bauer, Laurie; Trudgill, Peter (eds.). . Penguin Books. pp. 169-175. Language Myths ISBN . 0-14026023-4
Esling, John H. (1999). "The IPA Categories 'Pharyngeal' and 'Epiglottal': Laryngoscopic Observations of Pharyngeal Articulations and Larynx Height". . Language and Speech 42 (4): 349-372. doi: 10.1177/00238309990420040101.
International Phonetic Association (1999). Nolan, Francis; Esling, John H. (eds.). Handbook of the International Phonetic Association: A Guide to the Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Cambridge University Press. ISBN . 978-0-521-65236-0
Esling, John H. (2005). "There Are No Back Vowels: The Larygeal Articulator Model". . Canadian Journal of Linguistics 50 (1-4): 13-44. doi: 10.1017/S0008413100003650.
Esling, John H.; Harris, Jimmy G. (2005). "States of the Glottis: An Articulatory Phonetic Model Based on Laryngoscopic Observations". In Hardcastle, W. J.; Mackenzie Beck, J. (eds.). A Figure of Speech: A Festschrift for John Laver. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. pp. 347-383. ISBN . 0-80584528-3
Esling, John H. (2010). "Phonetic Notation". In Hardcastle, William J.; Laver, John; Gibbon, Fiona E. (eds.). The Handbook of Phonetic Sciences (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 678-702. doi: 10.1002/9781444317251.ch18. ISBN . 978-1-4051-4590-9
Esling, John H. (2011). "IPA". Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199772810-0022.
Jones, Daniel (2011). Roach, Peter; Setter, Jane; Esling, John (eds.). (18th ed.). Cambridge University Press. Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary ISBN . 978-052-115255-6
Esling, John H. (2012). "Voice Quality". In Chapelle, Carol A. (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1271.
Esling, John H. (2013). "Voice and Phonation". In Jones, Mark J.; Knight, Rachael-Anne (eds.). The Bloomsbury Companion to Phonetics. Bloomsbury. pp. 110-125. ISBN . 978-1-4411-4606-9 Esling, John H.; Moisik, Scott R.; Benner, Allison; Crevier-Buchman, Lise (2019). Voice Quality: The Laryngeal Articulator Model. Cambridge University Press. ISBN . 978-1-108-49842-5