By Peter Ladefoged
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Extra resources for A Course in Phonetics (Sixth Edition)
In here, hair, hire, these speakers may use vowels similar to those in he, head, high respectively, but in each case with a following [ r ]. Most speakers of British English distinguish these words by using different diphthongs—movements from one vowel to another within a single syllable. 2 1 2 i I eI ” œ A A O Á oÁ u Ø ∏± aI aÁ OI Ir ”r aIr i I eI ” œ A Å O Á EÁ u Ø ∏ aI aÁ OI IE ”E aE Symbols for transcribing contrasting vowels in English. Column 1 applies to many speakers of American English, Column 2 to most speakers of British English.
They are different, but the differences between them cannot be used to change the meaning of a word in English. They both belong to the same phoneme. We cannot rely on the spelling to tell us whether two sounds are members of different phonemes. For example, the words phone and foam begin with the same sounds, although they have different spellings. To take a more complex example, the words key and car begin with what we can regard as the same sound, despite the fact that one is spelled with the letter k and the other with c.
Consequently, none of them contains both stressed and unstressed vowels. By far, the most common unstressed vowel is [ E ], the one we noted at the end of some of the diphthongs in British English. It is often called by its German name, schwa. It occurs at the ends of words such as sofa, soda [ "soÁfE, "soÁdE ], in the middles of words such as emphasis, demonstrate [ "”mfEsIs, "d”mEnstreIt ], and at the beginnings of words such as around, arise [ E"raÁnd, E"raIz ]. (In all these words, the symbol [ " ] is a stress mark that has been placed before the syllable carrying the main stress.
A Course in Phonetics (Sixth Edition) by Peter Ladefoged