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From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 22:07
Christophe Grandsire scripsit:

> En r=E9ponse =E0 Daniel Andreasson Vpc-Work <daniel.andreasson@...>: > > > > Well, the IPA was designed to distinguish phonemes *within* a language. > > Remind me the actual name of the IPA. No, let me tell you: International > Phone*t*ic Alphabet. The purpose of the IPA is to provide with phone*t*ic > transcriptions, not phonemic ones
Actually, you are both partly wrong. The IPA is designed to allow representation of every phone that makes a phonemic distinction in some language. If two sounds are distinguishable, but are never used contrastively in any language, they share an IPA symbol. In such a case, they may be distinguishable by diacritics, but that is not guaranteed. -- "No, John. I want formats that are actually John Cowan useful, rather than over-featured megaliths that address all questions by piling on ridiculous internal links in forms which are hideously over-complex." --Simon St. Laurent on xml-dev