Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 11:40:35 -0800 From: Garland D Bills Subject: Re: Phonetic transcription--help On Tue, 27 Jan 1998, Alan Baragona wrote: > 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. As a native speaker of that same (standard, of course) dialect, it seems to me your characterization is quite accurate. The IPA symbols for the three vowels in our dialect are [ae] for , [a] for , and "script a" for which I'll use [[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]] for . In articulatory terms, probably the simplist (and not really too oversimplified) description is that all three are low vowels in front, central, and back positions respectively. Phoneticians will probably make our lives more complicated than this -- right, Don Lance? Garland D. Bills E-mail: gbills[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics Tel.: (505) 277-7416 University of New Mexico FAX: (505) 277-6355 Albuquerque, NM 87131-1196 USA