Fundamental Problems in Comparative Phonetics and Phonology : Does Upsid Help to Solve Them ?

@inproceedings{Simpson1999FundamentalPI,
  title={Fundamental Problems in Comparative Phonetics and Phonology : Does Upsid Help to Solve Them ?},
  author={Adrian P. Simpson},
  year={1999}
}
The approach to phonological comparison adopted in UPSID as well as other studies fails to recognize the abstract nature of even the most phonetically based definition of a phonemic system. Phonemes r eceive a simple phonetic translation based on one allophone. Phonological comparison is therefore carried out using no more than arbitrary selections of the phonetics of the languages involved. Phonemic systems belonging to the phonological level of comparison are being compared in phonetic terms… CONTINUE READING