How many individual sounds are there in the English language?

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According to A.C. Gimson's book "Introduction to the Pronunciation of English," there are forty four individual sounds in the English language. They are

1. 12 vowels

2. 8 diphthongs

3. 24 consonants

However, other phoneticians may disagree and the number may vary anywhere between 43 and 50.