Tag: International Phonetic Alphabet
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So you’ve deciphered not only our first set of Famous First Words, but the second set too – and now you’re back for more… Can you recognise these five famous novel openings from the British English transcriptions listed below? You should bear in mind that transcriptions will include connected speech processes and weak forms, while […]more
Did you successfully decipher all five transcriptions in our first Famous First Words blog post? How about five more… Can you tell which famous novel openings are transcribed in British English below? You should bear in mind that transcriptions will include connected speech processes and weak forms, while stress marks reflect the most strongly stressed […]more
Oxford’s dictionaries give pronunciations for all non-obsolete words, but what about whole strings of speech? Could you recognize famous novels by their transcriptions? You should bear in mind that transcriptions will include connected speech processes and weak forms, while stress marks reflect the most strongly stressed syllables in each phrase (‘phrasal stress’) rather than every […]more
In the 1990s, the wonderful David Crystal, author of some of the world’s greatest texts on the English language including The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation, wrote a book called Language Play, in part of which he explained the concept and history of lipograms. Known from sixth-century BC classical Greek, this type of language […]more
Light is always pronounced the same way, right? The form we give in the Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Dictionaries Online – it’s always the same (/lʌɪt/), yeah? Well yes, and, er… no. Unfortunately, English isn’t quite so straightforward. It has a number of ‘connected speech processes’, common changes which occur when words are spoken […]more
One of the markers of a comprehensive and respectable dictionary is the inclusion of pronunciations, a representation of how the words are spoken and heard. The Oxford English Dictionary uses around 45 symbols to show how words are pronounced, with slightly different symbol systems for different varieties of English (one system for British English, another […]more