randy_presuhn at mindspring.com
Sat Nov 25 08:07:18 CET 2006
> From: "Gerard Meijssen" <gerardm at wiktionaryz.org>
> To: "Peter Constable" <petercon at microsoft.com>
> Cc: <ietf-languages at iana.org>
> Sent: Friday, November 24, 2006 11:19 AM
> Subject: Re: Phonetic orthographies
> I am also convinced that persons who speak English to any degree have no
> use whatever for phonetic transcriptions of English. An IPA
> transcription would be useless anyway if all the Meta data indicates is
> that it is English or British / American.. such a Standards compliant
> distinction does imho not significantly identify it for a linguist to be
> truly useful.
This is contrary to my experience as a native speaker of English.
Many speakers of English have a larger vocabulary for reading
than for speaking. If I decide I want to start using one
of those words in conversation, I need to look it up in a
dictionary and use its transcription to figure out how
to pronounce it.
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