From: Patrick Ryan
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian M. Scott" <BMScott@...>
To: "Patrick Ryan" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: ka and k^a [was: [tied] *kW- "?"]
> At 8:54:46 PM on Friday, September 23, 2005, Patrick Ryan
> > From: "Brian M. Scott" <BMScott@...>
> >> At 7:23:29 PM on Friday, September 23, 2005, Patrick Ryan
> >> wrote:
> >>> Well, according to the IPA, [a] is a front vowel more open
> >>> than [æ];
> >> No, according to the IPA [a] is an open front unrounded
> >> vowel, and [æ] is a near-open front unrounded vowel. There
> >> is no specification of relative frontness, only of relative
> >> openness.
> > I wrote "more open" not "more to the front".
> So you did. My apologies. The idea that anyone would think
> [æ] more open than [a] was so odd that it simply didn't
> register, especially when it *is* more front, but I should
> have read more carefully.
Yes, you should.
Perhaps you are not aware of it, but many systems for phonetic rendition of
English have been used in the past besides IPA.
In those, <æ> was used for the openest English front vowel, as in <hat>; and
<a> was reserved for the central vowel of <father>.