Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Rebel Schwa

I recently noticed a bumper sticker on a car that read (rebəl).

My first thought was that the car must belong to a rebel phonetician.

This phonetician obviously rebels by using parentheses instead of backslashes and by combining International Phonetic Alphabet symbols with standard English orthography (if it wasn't for the schwa I might not have even noticed).

Little did I know, there is a Christian rapper named Lecrea and (rebəl), spelled as such, is the title of one of his albums.



By the way, here is the complete phonetic transcription of the word rebel:

/rɛbəl/

1 comment:

Fran said...

CAN there be such a thing as a rebel phonetician? I just can't imagine it.

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