Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 13:11:38 -0500
From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" DUMASB[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.BITNET
Someone asked me privately:
"For those of us who are not professional linguists but enjoy reading ADS-L
be kind enough to annotate after jargon. e.g. what does [hw] mean? or
[churlish mode ON]
Well, I think it's fair to question "jargon". But I didn't use any in
that post. What I did was provide a comment that I thought would be
perfectly intelligible in the context of what I was commenting on,
using the most basic forms of phonetic transcription available.
Check ANY introductory linguistics book for more information on
basic transcription practices.
[churlish mode off]
It's interesting that non-linguists find ADS-L interesting. I would like
to know what led you to it.
The brackets and slashes  and // enclose pronouned forms. THe
sound of [w] is what it usually is in English -- a glide as in
words like wish, win, wit. The symbol [h] indicates aspiration or
breath out as in "old-fashioned" pronunciations of whether (as
opposed to weather), which (as opposed to witch), and wen (as
opposed to when).
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