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Academic Paper

Title: Response to W. J. Barry & J. Trouvain, Do We Need a Symbol for a Central Open Vowel? JIPA 38 (2008), 349–357.
Author: Martin J. Ball
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Institution: Linköping University
Linguistic Field: Discipline of Linguistics; Phonetics
Abstract: I leave to others the argument as to whether there is sufficient justification to add a central open vowel symbol to the IPA. Rather, in this response, I would like to comment on the various proposals for what such a symbol should be outlined in Barry & Trouvain (2008). I will not be following the original ordering of suggestions in the article, but start with the proposals to redefine current symbols.


This article appears IN Journal of the International Phonetic Association Vol. 39, Issue 2.

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