British Dialects Book

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Sep 23 17:12:32 UTC 2002

>AHA! /h/ and /aI/ are phonemes and /haI/ is a pron. It's not clear
>to me why "pronb" are not phonemically-spelled wods (or morphemes).
>I still find the term unhandy.


>On Sat, 21 Sep 2002, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>#>Of course it would. As long as that means yhat nobody pronounces
>#>phonemes (only phones).
>#I don't understand, however, why "phone" and "phoneme" wouldn't do
>#for any speech recognition (or production) computational attempts? I
>#say the phones
>#[ha:], and, if you're good, you build a machine which recognizes the
>#word "hi" on the basis of some sort of pan-dialectal phonemic
>#representation (presumably something like /haI/ which represents the
>#morpheme {hi}. I don't really see the need for a 'pron.'
>/h/ is a phoneme. /h 'aI/ is a pron. As you train the program
>initially and continue to use it, the /'aI/ phoneme gets adapted to your
>pronunciation [a:] and the program gets better and better at recognizing
>your speech.
>Clearer now?
>-- Mark A. Mandel
>    formerly Sr. Linguist, Dragon Systems, speech recognition

Dennis R. Preston
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