The case for the epsilon symbol (ε) in RP dress

  title={The case for the epsilon symbol ($\epsilon$) in RP dress},
  author={Holger Schmitt},
  journal={Journal of the International Phonetic Association},
  pages={321 - 328}
  • Holger Schmitt
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of the International Phonetic Association
In this article, I will argue for the use of the epsilon symbol in the lexical dress set (which includes words like step, ready, said, shelf etc.) for RP. The need for this paper arises from the fact that many, but by no means all, dictionaries and linguistic treatises employ the [ē] symbol and that this symbol is neither the most accurate nor a particularly useful one, especially for foreign learners of English. An examination of current usage and its historical rationale (or lack thereof) is… 

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