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Re: /E~/ (was: Re: Kyrgyz was Re: Zetowvu / Ezotwuv (new conlang))

From:Daniel Andreasson Vpc-Work <daniel.andreasson@...>
Date:Thursday, February 27, 2003, 9:16
John Cowan wrote:

> 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.
As usual, John clears things up. Thanks. That's exactly what I meant. I didn't mean that IPA wasn't meant to distinguish phonetically. I just meant that within a language it isn't solely used for that purpose, if you see what I mean. It's used for phonemic as well as phonetic writing. Perhaps I should just shut up before I say something even more stupid... :/ Daniel Andreasson