Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 20:04:39 -0500

From: Alan Baragona baragonasa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VAX.VMI.EDU

Subject: Re: Phonetic transcription--help

Thanks to Johanna, Stanley, Garland, and Donald for the phonetic

guidance. Following your descriptions, as I look at the detailed IPA

chart on the flyleaf of Pyles/Algeo, I see that fronted open [a] just

below [ae], and I think that must be the notation I'm looking for.

Stanley's barred-i doesn't seem to be on the chart, though there is the

hight central barred small i . But in the textbook they describe that

as a rounded sound between the [I] in gist and the open [E] in jest

that appears in some dialects in the adverb just and children (it's

beside a barred-u, which makes sense given their description but which

doesn't sound like what Stanley was talking about). In any case, I can

now give my Texan a way to approximate some of her own speech in IPA

instead of sounding like a Rumanian who learned English in Texas.

This sort of discussion would be a lot easier with voice-e-mail,

wouldn't it?

Alan B.