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It's not "Greek". It's the IPA - International Phonetic Alphabet. The International Phonetic Alphabet (unofficially—though commonly—abbreviated IPA) is an alphabetic system of phonetic notation based primarily on the Latin alphabet. It was devised by the International Phonetic Association as a standardized representation of the sounds of oral language. ...


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Phonology works together with word sense and context. In your example, there is no need to mark /æ/ from /Ɛ/ much: "m æ tter" or "m Ɛ tter", the word sense remains the same. I do not mean to support unclear pronunciation. This is just how it happens (along with recording quality; in your example, I hear /æ/). You would hear more difference, when the ...


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Have you been listening to a lot of British English? In British English, one of the major differences between /ɒ/ (not, hot) on the one hand and /ɔː/ (caught) and /ɑː/ (path) on the other, is that /ɒ/ is shorter. Most Americans don't pronounce the vowel in not any differently than the vowel in hot, but we often shorten the vowel in not, because it's a ...


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I take it you are asking about heteronyms, also called heterophones, rather than just dialectical differences in pronunciations. A heteronym is a word where a change in pronunciation changes the meaning, even though the spelling remains the same. There are two kinds of heteronyms: A) Two words with entirely unrelated meanings, usually also with either ...


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Short answer The PRICE vowel that we hear in the word wise, /waɪz/, has a systematic relationship with the KIT vowel which we hear in the word wizard, /'wɪzəd/. As we add syllables to the base of a word in English, we tend to reduce the length of the vowel in the base. This is so that we can accommodate the new syllables and still preserve the perceived ...


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In this instance, the pronounciation is important as it tells the listener which form of the word is being used. This type of variation won't always be followed by all English speakers, but it will be followed by many and is therefore worth knowing: it will definitely lead to more clear communication. In terms of how important it is, I would say that it'...



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