RE: Why incomplete subscript/superscript alphabet ?

From: Doug Ewell <>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:39:33 -0700

Hans Åberg wrote:

>>>> What do you mean? The IPA in narrow transcription is intended to
>>>> provide as detailed a description as a human mind can manage of
>>>> sounds.
>>> It is designed for phonemic transcriptions, cf.,
>> It *was* designed, in 1870-something. Try reading the Handbook of the
>> IPA. It contains many samples of languages transcribed both in a
>> broad phonemic transcription appropriate for the language, and in a
>> narrow phonetic transcription which should allow a competent
>> phonetician to produce an understandable and reasonably accurate
>> rendition of the passage.
> But the alveolar clicks requires an extension.

You've found ONE instance of non-distorted speech where IPA does not
distinguish between two allophones. That is very different from saying
that IPA is unsuitable for phonetic transcription.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, US |
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