New Try from a New Guy
|From:||Michael David Martin <mdmartin@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, December 14, 2002, 17:58|
After spending some time learning the IPA sounds
(http://www.ling.hf.ntnu.no/ipa/full/) and also SAMPA for American English
(http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/sampa/american.htm) I have finally come up
with a phonology for my language that I feel comfortable with. If you will
recall, in my first post I had said I wanted to use the same sounds as in
English. The advice given me was that I start with fewer sounds. I have done
that, although I still have several vowels.
So, here is what I have come up with:
Now, I have a couple new questions.
1. Is it reasonable to have the diphthongs [aI], [OI], and [aU] even though
I do not have the individual sounds of [a], [O] or [U]?
2. I understand the differences between phones and phonemes, but I'm not
sure if I should be putting [ ] or / / around the sounds in the above chart.
For example, I'm using  and representing it with uh, but when I listen to
the sounds on the IPA web site the sounds [@], ,  and [V] all sound
close enough to me to be the same letter. I can hear the differences, I just
don't think the differences are big enough. So, I would consider these four
phones to be a single phoneme, correct? But if I write /3/ how does someone
else know that [@], ,  and [V] are all included?
Well, thanks again for any tips and advice.
Michael David Martin, Master Mason
Temecula/Catalina Island Lodge #524
Free & Accepted Masons of California