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Slashes vs Square Brackets (was: Thorn vs Eth)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, July 11, 2002, 14:01
Thomas Leigh scripsit:

> What's the difference between // and []?
Square brackets represent a more or less accurate transcription of what is actually said expressed in IPA (or one of the equivalent systems we use hereabouts). Slashes represent a phonemic transcription in which there is one character to represent each phoneme of the language; the symbols used in phonemic transcription are in principle arbitrary, but usually borrow the IPA representation for the most common allophone. Thus in my daughter's version of American (Northern Cities Chain Shift), the name "Ann" is phonemically /&n/ (as also for me), but whereas I actually say [&n], she says something more like [I@n]. -- One art / There is John Cowan <jcowan@...> No less / No more All things / To do With sparks / Galore -- Douglas Hofstadter