The symbolization of central approximants in the IPA

  title={The symbolization of central approximants in the IPA},
  author={Martin J Ball and Joan Rahilly},
  journal={Journal of the International Phonetic Association},
  pages={231 - 237}
  • M. Ball, J. Rahilly
  • Published 12 July 2011
  • Mathematics, Psychology
  • Journal of the International Phonetic Association
Approximants that can be considered weaker versions of voiced fricatives (termed here ‘frictionless continuants’) are poorly served by the IPA in terms of symbolization as compared to semi-vowel approximants. In this paper we survey the central approximants and the symbols and diacritics used to transcribe them; we focus on evidence for the use of non-rhotic frictionless continuants in both natural language (by which we mean non-clinical varieties) and disordered speech; and we suggest some… Expand
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