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Re: NATLANG: What's the sound of Castilian <s>?

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Sunday, December 7, 2003, 16:45
On Sun, Dec 07, 2003 at 01:48:26AM -0500, Roger Mills wrote:
> It's an _apical_ s-- the tip of the tongue is turned up slightly to make > friction at the alveolar ridge. It does sound a lot like [S] but isn't.
Thanks, to you and others who pointed this out. I would not have expected an apical [s] to sound so much like [S]. I have all the charts and descriptions and some good books but they don't seem to do a good job of preparing one to transcribe actual speech. :)
> I don't recall the IPA offhand
In IPA any symbol can be modified to represent an apical articulation by adding U+033A COMBINING INVERTED BRIDGE BELOW, which looks like a flat blocky u, or a [ rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise, placed under the letter: s̺ The X-SAMPA/CXS version is _a, so an apical [s] is [s_a]. -Mark