Wednesday, 15 December 2010
OED's new transcription system
In December Oxford University Press launched the newly designed online version of OED. The editorial board (one of its members is the pronunciation consultant Clive Upton) re-designed, among other things, the way the pronunciation of a word is displayed:
One of the new features is the fact that one can click on the pronunciation and a window pops up which displays the 'meanings' of the transcription symbols. Here's an example:
What's missing, by the way, is the secondary stress on the 2nd syllable of 'incomprehensibility'.
I'm going to list all symbols for vowel sounds in a separate blog entry, and the consonants will follow in yet another post.
PS: See also Jack Windsor Lewis's blog #319.