Having just finished my trawl through SID, I thought I would look around to see what other similar resources are available on the web. I wish I hadn’t really. For those of a nervous or excitable disposition what follows could be…er…challenging.
I was unfortunate enough on my web wander to alight here. I am all in favour of philanthropic attempts to provide people with information about phonetics and the like, but anyone creating sites to do this has a duty to attain a certain standard of accuracy.
Among the monstrosities on view on the site I got to are (in no particular order):
- lateral: blockage on the side
- pharyngeal: air set in motion holding the vocal folds together and using air above
- contrastiveness: Two phonemes are contrastive by listing minimal pairs distinguished by the contrast being illustrated
- homophone: word pronounced the same but spelled differently
- bilabial: lips pressed together
Also we have marvellous circular paths of ultimate confusion such as:
- strong form: see weak form
- weak form: used with articles, prepositions etc. to differentiate from strong form with different phoneme
I will confine my comments on the above to….AAAAAAARGH!
Note for those puzzled by the title:
kid means both “young goat” and “to tease/deceive”. To get someone’s goat means “to make someone angry” (Don’t ask me! I don’t know why!)
Photo credit: Armin Kübelbeck. Used under this licence.