Phonetic orthographies

Randy Presuhn randy_presuhn at
Sat Nov 25 08:07:18 CET 2006

Hi -

> From: "Gerard Meijssen" <gerardm at>
> To: "Peter Constable" <petercon at>
> Cc: <ietf-languages at>
> 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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