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    the symbol Y

    Dear All,

    Why do you think the author of the extract below uses the symbol Y. Is this correct and appropriate in this case? Especially in the case- bestime” [BESTYM]. Thank you.
    Examples

    • “Stop it” –> “Sto pit” [STA pit]
    • “I need it” –> “I nee dit” [aiy NIY dit]
    • “Play a song” –> “Play ya song” [pley yə Sɑŋ]
    • “Read a book” — “Rea da book” [RIY də bʊk]


    Consonant + Consonant

    When a word ends in a consonant sound and the following word begins in the same or similar consonant sound, you will only pronounce that sound once by lengthening or holding the sound. You do not say the consonant sound twice.
    Examples

    • “best time” –> “bestime” [BESTYM]
    • “big grape” –> “bigrayp” [BIGRAYP]
    • “good day” –> “gooday” [GƱDEY]
    • “sit down” –> “sitdown” [SITDOWN]

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    #2

    Re: the symbol Y

    What is the source of your quoted text?

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    #3

    Re: the symbol Y

    The author is trying (badly) to represent the pronunciation of the words.

    In the three examples including time, grape and day, he's representing the vowel sounds as Y, AY and EY respectively. For read and need, he uses IY.

    His system is inconsistent, and I don't think it helps much. In fact, it's confusing.

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    Re: the symbol Y


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    #5

    Re: the symbol Y

    The system is not clear and doesn't seem to be used consistently, so it may cause confusion.

    • “Play a song” –> “Play ya song” [pley yə Sɑŋ]
    This one doesn't really show the connection it is meant to.

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