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Title: Do we need a symbol for a central open vowel?
Author: William J. Barry
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Institution: Saarland University
Author: Jürgen Trouvain
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Linguistic Field: Phonetics
Abstract: The present discussion re-opens an old issue that was ‘officially discussed’ in Kiel in 1989 but has not been offered for debate in the wider phonetic community. It is argued that there is a logical and practical gap in the present IPA vowel chart. The lack of a central open vowel is unsatisfactory, in particular because more languages have a single open vowel with an apparently more central than fronted or backed quality. Arguments and suggestions for a number of alternative solutions to the problem are presented for discussion.


This article appears IN Journal of the International Phonetic Association Vol. 38, Issue 3.

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