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From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Sunday, August 18, 2002, 13:13
On 17 Aug 02, at 15:44, Arthaey Angosii wrote:

> From what I saw in the recent archives at Yahoo, it looks like you > guys belong to the SAMPA camp. Why do you prefer it over > Kirshenbaum's scheme?
Some people like it, others hate it. I came here with Kirshenbaum, since that was what I was used to from alt.usage.english and, later, sci.lang (though you have to be careful there to use it to describe English only when Peter D. Daniels isn't looking). However, I noticed that most people used X-SAMPA, so I use that on the list as well. Not especially because I like it better, but because it's better IMO to have one transcription scheme (possibly with slight variations, as with /{/ vs /&/ for /æ/) than several slightly different ones. (For example, I suppose one could also use Smith-Trager phonemic analysis, or whatever it's called, when discussing English, which distinguishes the two pronunciations of "read" as /riyd/ and /red/, IIRC. But I prefer to write /i:/ rather than /iy/, assuming the length is phonemic [which it isn't in English -- so I write a broad phonetic transcription rather than a phonemic one, strictly speaking. I also distinguish between shwa and /V/, the vowel sound I use in "up"].) Cheers, Philip -- Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>