Help with IPA for my vowels

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Help with IPA for my vowels

Post by Scytheria » Mon 26 Mar 2018, 03:05

Hi,

I wonder if anybody could help check my IPA renderings for my artlang's vowel/diphthong system. I'm fine with my consonants, but have a bit of a tin ear when it comes to vowels. Now, I know that using "like such and such in such and such" isn't a very robust way of describing sounds, but it might help to get the ball-park noises across. There's nothing particularly adventurous about the sounds chosen for my artlang - such that a speaker of 'standard' BBC English would have no trouble making or distinguishing them. r, w and y, by the way, are vowel modifiers in the alphabet, not consonants, and r is more of a lengthening symbol than a sign of rhoticity (which is avoided).

Any help/suggestions greatly appreciated!

a - like the a in and or man /æ/
ar - like the a in far /ɑː/
aw - like the au in autumn /ɔʊ/
awr - like the or in order but longer /ɔʊ:/
ay - like the igh in high /aɪ/
ayr - like the ire in spire /aɪə/
e - like the e in end or men /e/
ea - like like the ia in fiat /i:æ/
ear - like the ear in prearmed /i:ɑː/
eo - like the aeo in aeon /i:ɒ/
eor - like the eor in meteor /i:ɒə/
er - like the ear in bear /e: /
ey - like the ay in say /eɪ/
eyr - like the ayer in sooth-sayer /eɪə /
o - like the o in off or fond /ɒ/
or - like the or in order /ɒə/
ow - like the the ou in loud /aʊ/
owr - like the ower in tower /aʊə/
oy - like the oy in boy /ɔɪ/
oyr - like the awyer in lawyer /ɔɪə/
y - like the i in ink or thin /ɪ/
yr - like the eer in beer /i:ə/
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Re: Help with IPA for my vowels

Post by Axiem » Mon 26 Mar 2018, 04:59

I've found this wikipedia page to be quite helpful for hammering down various things in IPA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internati ... h_dialects

This one, too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA/English

Also, this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_phonology

And then the individual Wikipedia pages for vowels sometimes provide useful examples.
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Re: Help with IPA for my vowels

Post by Nachtuil » Wed 28 Mar 2018, 01:47

Seems fine.
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It is actually hard for me to say because I am not deeply familiar with BBC pronunciation. You may do well to compare it to received pronunciation:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Received_ ... #Phonology
There is a table with triphthongs you may find especially interesting.

I am interested in what you're producing, conlang-wise.
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Re: Help with IPA for my vowels

Post by Scytheria » Wed 28 Mar 2018, 12:26

Thanks for those links, Axiem - very useful. It seems I was mostly right, so my tin ear may be improving.

Nachtuil - I think BBC English is the same as RP, give or take. I'll be posting more details about the conlang when I feel the'yre presentable. It's about 75% fleshed-out, but needs refining, a proper write-up, and a vocab expansion.
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