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    Question happy "u" or rounded half-close back vowel (ʊ)?

    Greetings!

    I found myself confused when my Phonetics teacher corrected the transcription of this sentence from my phonetics exam:

    "I don't know how to."

    my transcription was:

    /aɪ 'dəʊn nəʊ ̩'haʊ tu/

    whereas the corrected version was:

    /aɪ 'dəʊn nəʊ ̩'haʊ /

    I have never seen this tʊ before, and it doesn't appear in the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary by John Wells, for example.

    So what's your opinion.

    Ermaks

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    Re: happy "u" or rounded half-close back vowel (ʊ)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ermaks View Post
    I found myself confused when my Phonetics teacher corrected the transcription of this sentence from my phonetics exam:

    "I don't know how to."....my transcription was:.../aɪ 'dəʊn nəʊ ̩'haʊ tu/
    Your version is correct for BrE. Indeed, in this clause-final position, some would even say /tu:/.....
    whereas the corrected version was:/aɪ 'dəʊn nəʊ ̩'haʊ /. .....
    This is possible, but unlikely, in the clause-final position

    I have never seen this tʊ before, and it doesn't appear in the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary by John Wells, for example.
    It does appear as a possible weak form in the Cambridge English Pronouncing dictionary, but is not referred to in the notes, which mention only /tə/

    So what's your opinion. Unprintable.
    5

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    Thumbs up Re: happy "u" or rounded half-close back vowel (ʊ)?

    Thanks for your feedback ,5 =) .

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