[Wikipedia-l] policy suggestion: SAMPA

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Tue Aug 6 07:22:30 UTC 2002

Karen AKA Kajikit wrote:

>Ray Saintonge wrote:
>>This is a much better idea than most attempts at divining pronunciation
>>into a strange set of symbols including highly accepted sets such as
>>IPA.  The .wav file would, of course, be by a native speaker of the
>>language.  It could also be a vehicle for understanding the precise
>>manner in which Americans don't speak English.
>Ah, but WHICH prononciation of an English language word? American?
>English? Australian? Canadian? The correct official dictionary version
>often varies by country, and what people actually say is even more
>widely different.
>Actually, this would be a good addition to the page on international
>language differences... instead of just seeing that the Yanks say
>a-LOOM-in-um and the rest of the world prefers al-u-MIN-e-um you could
>hear it and it might make more sense...
All could provide a sample - or maybe the same rule should apply as with 
spelling, and the first to the post gets to have his version kept. ;-)


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