Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 12:51:51 -0500 From: Alan Baragona Subject: Phonetic transcription--help X-posted to HEL-L and ADS-L As a medievalist with the usual peripheral training in linguistics, mostly historical, I'd like to ask the help of the real linguists and phoneticians on the list. The extent of my knowledge of phonetic transcription is the "broad" method used in textbooks like Pyles and Algeo, which is not always adequate for dialectical allophones. I have a student with a Texas accent who, like many Southerners and Westerners, simplifies the diphthong [ai] (among others). But I can't really transcribe her vowel as either [a] or [ae]. Her pronunciation of is not a homophone of either [lak] or [laek] but is pretty much smack in the middle, as if she stops in the middle of the glide or rather sets her mouth to say the glide but holds the pure vowel. I don't really know how to transcribe her without an approximation that doesn't do her justice and can potentially confuse the class. What do those of you who really know what you're doing use for this sound? Alan