Monday, December 13, 2010

O, Brother! (And Calf, and Cold, and Corn, and Cow)

Here's an intriguing presentation: an audio-enhanced sampling of words from various dialects of English. The IPA transcriptions are pretty impressive; it never occured to me that the top phoneticists must have ears trained to something like perfect pitch. Some of the differences presented are exceedingly slight, yet each gets its own discrete IPA symbol.

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