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1 15 Phonetic transcription Since the sixteenth century, efforts have been made to devise a universal system for transcribing the sounds of speech. The best-known system, the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), has been evolving since 1888. This system of transcription attempts to represent each sound of human speech with a single symbol. These symbols are enclosed in brackets [ ] to indicate that the transcription is phonetic and does not represent the spelling system of a particular language.

E) Is the dog sleeping the bone again? f) Wayne prepared Zena a cake. g) Max cleaned the garden up. h) Max cleaned up the garden. i) Max cleaned up it. j) I hope you to leave. k) That you likes liver surprises me. 6. Consider the following sentences, each of which is acceptable to some speakers of English. Try to identify the prescriptive rules that are violated in each case. a) He don’t know about the race. b) You was out when I called. c) There is twenty horses registered in the show. d) That window’s broke, so be careful.

7 presents a grid showing the two English affricates. Note that IPA [tʃ ] and [dʒ] correspond to North American [̌] and [j ̌], respectively. 7 English affricates Alveopalatal (= Palatoalveolar) Voiceless Voiced [tʃ ] [dʒ] Stridents and sibilants At the beginning of this chapter, it was noted that acoustic as well as articulatory criteria are sometimes used in describing speech sounds. An acoustic criterion comes into play to describe fricatives and affricates, which are subdivided into two types based on their relative loudness.

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