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Query Details

Query Subject:   Query about wanna, searchin' and spellings like that
Author:   Jorge M. Guitart
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Is there a term in English phonetics/phonology for the representation
of rapid (or relaxed) speech phenomena using ordinary spelling
(instead of phonetic transcription), examples of which would be
'wanna' (to represent not only /t/ deletion in both 'want' and 'to'
but also pronouncing shwa instead of [u]) and searchin' (to represen
pronouncing [n] instead of the velar nasal)?


Jorge Guitar
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
910 Clemens Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo NY 14260-4620

LL Issue: 14.1071
Date posted: 10-Apr-2003


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