1882 Phonetic Happy New Year

Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Sun Jun 2 17:28:33 UTC 2002

--On Sunday, June 2, 2002 11:13 am -0400 Grant Barrett
<gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG> wrote:

> While browsing the American Memory section of the Library of Congress I
> came across this mildly interesting 1882 New Year's poem in phonetic
> form, based on Witmer's phonetic alphabet.
> The poem:
> http://tinyurl.com/abu

Does this mean that the w in 'two' was pronounced, or is that a spelling
error in the phonetically transcribed poem?  (where 'twu' with a macron
over the 'u' is 'two')


Dr M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
Acting Director, MA in Applied Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
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