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Re: Another X-Sampa question...

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Saturday, December 28, 2002, 15:35
En réponse à Amanda Babcock <langs@...>:

> Another X-Sampa question... over in the uvular column, why is the turned > R > represented by 'R' in X-Sampa, while the simple capital R is represented > by > 'R\'? Is this correct? >
It is correct. The thing is that X-SAMPA was designed with two main constraints: the ASCII characters had to look like the corresponding IPA characters if possible, and commonly used characters had to be written using simple characters, while less common characters could be written with compounded ones. And it just happens that turned-R, representing the uvular fricative, is much more commonly used than R, representing the uvular trill. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.