SAu phonetics discussion results
|From:||Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>|
|Date:||Friday, August 3, 2001, 6:38|
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On Thursday, I spoke to Professor TG Fennell about the phonetics of South
Australian English. The results were inconclusive, because, as he says:
"It strikes me now that you are looking for a 'narrow' transcription
of your own speech, rather than a 'broad' transcription of S.A.
English in general. 'Narrow' transcriptions go far beyond my
competence, and I rather fancy that very little work has been done
in this area."
Actually, I don't know of any serious phonetics study in South Australia
whatsoever. Australian phoneticians seem to use transcription conventions
that originated in related dialects and are not technically applicable.
I think the fundamental problem is a shortage of phoneticians!
Prof Fennell suggested possible sources of information in other Australian
universities, but was unsure of whether the relevant people are still
I sent Prof Fennell a list of the most contentious points remaining after