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Jun
26
comment Using 'sat' and 'stood' as adjectives
I really appreciate the time that you spent breaking that down for me. Thank you. I've got a much better grasp of this now.
Jun
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Jun
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accepted Using 'sat' and 'stood' as adjectives
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Jun
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asked Using 'sat' and 'stood' as adjectives
Mar
19
comment In IPA, what is the difference between ə and ʌ?
However, I was wrong to call it a back vowel. It is a central vowel. From [wikipedia][1]: "Before World War II, the /ʌ/ of Received Pronunciation was phonetically close to a back vowel [ʌ]; this sound has since shifted forward towards [ɐ]". Also "In transcriptions for some languages (including several dialects of English), this symbol [/ʌ/] is also used for the near-open central vowel." So if I understand correctly, when talking about the English language we write /ʌ/ but should probably be writing /ɐ/. [1]: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-mid_back_unrounded_vowel
Mar
19
comment In IPA, what is the difference between ə and ʌ?
OK, I think I've found the answer. In Many North American accents, the vowels are barely distinguishable. However in RP and other accents, they are clearly distinguishable.
Mar
19
comment In IPA, what is the difference between ə and ʌ?
I forgot to an include a link to the wikipedia page I was referencing: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-mid_back_unrounded_vowel
Mar
19
comment In IPA, what is the difference between ə and ʌ?
I'm teaching myself phonetics, and am really confused on this point. From what I can see on wikipedia, your answer appears to be wrong, so I guess I must be misunderstanding something. /ʌ/ is a back vowel, whereas /ə/ is central. I'm a speaker of British English (from the South), and the sounds are clearly distinguishable. I can also see how /ʌ/ gets replaced by /ə/ in some words that get unstressed, like 'but' being /bʌt/ when stressed and /bət/ when unstressed, but I'm guessing there are a lot of words where /ʌ/ is unstressed. 'Pickup truck' for starters.
Oct
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Oct
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answered “In the next two weeks” vs. “next two weeks”