venerdì 21 novembre 2014

Where The Chart comes from

AC Gimson
The internet says AC Gimson

The Chart and the IPA are two vastly different things.  Calling the OUP 'pronunciation chart or even the mighty Adrian Underill's chart the 'IPA' is as cringe-worthy misplacing an apostrophe. Its' very annoying, isn't it?

Copyright with OUP-note they don't refer to this as the IPA. It's a 'pronunciation chart'

Copyright to Adrian Underhill. This is not an IPA chart. These symbols are meant to be very flexible. 'Phonological' might work but just for RP. Saying this covers all English accents is requires quite a bit of descriptive flexibility. Gimson wouldn't have stood for that kind of slipperiness. 

This blog started as a Grail Diary of sorts about that Chart above. Recently I was given the opportunity of writing for a small readership in Ireland by Peter Lahiff of ELT Ireland's writing group. They are putting together a publication called ELT Ireland Bulletin. Look out for it early next year. In my reading I ran into this wonderful little story by Geoff Lindsey about AC Gimson and Peter Roach and our favourite ELT classroom artifact.

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