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“New” British "phonemics" chart versus USA accent and truespel

By Thomas Zurinskas  1-2-2015  

The IPA

The “new” British Council and BBC “phonemic” chart (as of Jan 2, 2015) is shown below, located at http://bit.ly/13MLm4P.  The date is Dec 12, 2010.  I assume the chart represents the International Phonetic Association (IPA) notation (London https://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/ipa/ ).

 

The chart lists the phonemes of British English.  Click on each phoneme and you can hear it.  Each phoneme has a drop down arrow that when clicked gives a list of sample words that when clicked are spoken in UK accent.  I will discuss differences between UK and USA and IPA and truespel in my links below.

Picture of phoneme chart  (Go to http://bit.ly/13MLm4P for audible links)

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Observations

The chart has special symbols for 18 of 19 vowels/diphthongs and 6 of 24 consonants = 56%

Truespel has no special symbols, enabling easy typing, copy/paste, filenames, and spreadsheets.

Curiously, in the chart the letters “o” “c” “q” “x” are missing and letter “j” stands for the ~y  sound.

Conclusion - the IPA is not practical anymore and should be replaced by English-based truespel phonetics.

 

Discussions    My 5-minute discussions on the chart are at located these screenr.com sites

  1. Vowels -  https://www.screenr.com/PAqN  
  2. Diphthongs -  https://www.screenr.com/iAqN 
  3. Consonants -  https://www.screenr.com/VAqN 

 

Truespel Tutorials

On the need for truespel see http://justpaste.it/truespelnow

For teacher tutorials see http://justpaste.it/teachertrain .  

For ESL’s or self- tutorials see http://justpaste.it/course2, or search on “truespel” at youtube.com .

Truespel books are at http://bit.ly/truebooks .