By Tom Shull | Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
In their profiles, DailyCues users choose from three pronunciation systems: dictionary, phonemic, or the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Once selected, examples throughout the site adapt to that individiual’s preference – like this, prěˈfrĭns, prehˈfrins, or prɛˈfrɪns. Those examples even have hover over capability. Place the cursor over any phoneme in the word /pppɪĭinnn/ and you’ll see what we mean.
We love it. But this unique system just got even better. Sometimes showing phoneme just isn’t detailed enough. A little more description might be necessary. Phonetic transcription provides that additional information. It not only provides information on what one says, but how one says it. It gives information on the speech production of words so that it can be compared to cued versions. With a simple adjustment to the code in any iQpedia article (adding an asterisk inside the slashes) the slashes are shown instead as brackets. Brackets are used widely by linguists to show that a transciption is phonetic. So words like /pppɪĭinnn/ can be shown also as [pʰXXXXɪĭinnn]. Cool huh? Look, we know we’re nerds. We hope you enjoy.