Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 20:04:39 -0500 From: Alan Baragona 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 . But in the textbook they describe that as a rounded sound between the [I] in and the open [E] in jest that appears in some dialects in the adverb and (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.