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... --plp