"Where does Wikipedia get its pronunciation key?" Topic
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| John the OFM ||27 Nov 2012 6:13 p.m. PST|
All I will say about it is that is totally incomprehensible for English speakers. It is full of obscure and arcane symbols that mean absolutely nothing to me.
Ptui! I say
|StarfuryXL5||27 Nov 2012 10:07 p.m. PST|
Ptui? How do you pronounce that?
|Buff Orpington ||28 Nov 2012 4:16 a.m. PST|
Probably Boston then John.
|AndrewGPaul ||28 Nov 2012 4:21 a.m. PST|
If you click said pronunciation key, you will end up at:
and hence to
|Grinning Norm ||29 Nov 2012 12:42 p.m. PST|
Quite many speakers of Non-English. And the English pronunciation guides are quite useless for most speakers of Non-English. International Phonetic Alphabet is pretty universal. I prefer the Uralic Phonetic Alphabet for most purposes though, but that's a matter of taste and convenience. It goes better with cognac, cigars and talk about etymologies.
|Last Hussar||02 Dec 2012 5:12 a.m. PST|
Of course it will be wrong for many words, such as aluminium.