Date: Mon, 21 Nov 1994 13:31:53 -0500
From: PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: Re: song lyrics
Yep. I think that's also the most mysterious thing about phonetics and
transcription. To wit: you can't transcribe it correctly unless you
already know what it means, ie, you can't HEAR it unless you know what
it means. But how do you know what it means except by hearing it?
This is why I'm so suspicious of working in languages/varieties
I don't know well! and so respectful of linguists who faithfully
describe things they admit they don't understand...