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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, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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