British Dialects Book

Wendalyn Nichols wendalyn at NYC.RR.COM
Fri Sep 20 21:45:16 UTC 2002

Chiming in late, due to posting problems: since IPA constitutes
"dictionary-style definitions" for pretty much the whole planet other than
the US, can we distinguish between "phonemic" (US-style) and "phonetic"
prons rather than assuming we're normative and the rest of the linguistic
world is abnormal?

Winking, but not n jest,

Wendalyn Nichols

At 05:41 AM 9/15/02 -0400, Frank Abate wrote:
In reply to what Sali says below, what makes linguists abnormal is that they
use IPA without complaint, AND want others to do the same.

Partly in jest,

Frank Abate


At 05:45 PM 9/14/2002 -0500, Matthew Gordon wrote:

 >The second edition of Trudgill's book includes IPA as well as the
 >dictionary-type respellings making it useful to linguists as well as
 >normal people.
      I did not know linguistics made its practitioners abnormal! I once
heard this kind of distinction from the manager of an apartment building
where I stayed at the LSA Institute at UIUC (1999). He said that linguists
were only on my floor and a second one. All the other floors were occupied
by "normal people." I stared at him wondering what made linguists abnormal.


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