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Subject: IPA transcription question
Question: One of my co-workers and I are having a disagreement regarding the IPA transcription
of the phrase ''Explore the Core''. One thought is that it is transcribed as: ɛkˈsplɔɚ ðə
kɔɝ and the other thought is that it is transcribed as: ɪk'splɔɚ ðə kɔɚ. Please let us
know the correct transcription (or let us know if we are both wrong). Thanks

Reply: The transcription depends on what you *actually* say, not on any standardised norms of “good” speaking. Compare e.g. the first vowel sound in the words “examine” or “explain”, which show the same variation as in the “explore” example you give. The same holds for the last vowel sound of the word “core”.

Judgements of right or wrong have nothing to do with actual speech and all to do with social perceptions of different accents. A correct IPA transcription renders what is spoken.

Madalena
Reply From: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira      click here to access email
 
Date: 17-Dec-2013
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: IPA transcription question    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (20-Dec-2013)
  2. Re: IPA transcription question    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (17-Dec-2013)
  3. Re: IPA transcription question    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (17-Dec-2013)

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