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Re: Schwa and [V]: Learning the IPA

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpjonsson@...>
Date:Thursday, June 22, 2006, 12:09
Paul Roser skrev:
> On Wed, 21 Jun 2006 02:01:40 +0100, And Rosta <and.rosta@...> wrote: > > >>IMO, when Wells and his antecedents (Gimson, Jones) write "[V]", they mean >>"[V]" -- with its IPA value. (Of course when they write "/V/", they simply >>mean STRUT.) > > > I stand corrected. I did check Wells the other night - in the section where > he discusses the realizations of STRUT he does indeed identify that /V/ has > a wide range of dialectal realizations, including a fronted/centered > higher-mid back unrounded vowel and the turn-a, just don't remember which > applies to which dialect. I was confusing my memory of the pervasive usage > of /V/ with relatively narrow phonetic usage of [V] - though IIRC most > American texts that deal with American English generalize the use of > broad-transcription [V] to designate the stressed STRUT vowel in AmE. > > -Bfowol
If I have understood things clearly the turned |v| for STRUT goes back to Ellis' Paleotype. It is another matter if the *phonetic* sound Ellis meant was low back mid unrounded -- i.e. if STRUT ever was pronounced with [V], or if there was a discrepancy between Anglicist usage and official IPA from the outset. Unfortunately there is no reference to Paleotype online. I have put myself on queue for a book from my Uni library which I know to contain a description and a reproduced chart. When I get the book I'll put up a draft article on FrathWiki, have you all review it and then put it on Wikipedia. -- /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se a shprakh iz a dialekt mit an armey un flot (Max Weinreich)