Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA): Transcription Exercise
The study of phonetics includes learning how to break human speech into segments. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is an alphabet used by linguists that transcribes individual sounds into symbols. These symbols are used around the world, so that linguists can read a transcription of utterances and understand exactly how they sound. In this assignment, you will learn how to use the IPA and practice transcribing a text into phonetic symbols. This assignment is preparation for more advanced transcription work in Week 2.
After reading â€œ1.4 Symbols Used in Transcription of English,â€ in An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology, go to Nursery Rhymes Lyrics, Origins and History and choose one of the nursery rhymes. Then, complete the following for this discussion:
- Using the charts in â€œ1.4 Symbols Used in Transcription of English,â€ in An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology, transcribe your chosen rhyme into phonetic symbols using one of the phonetic keyboards:
- Copy and paste your transcription, along with the original text, into a Word document.
- Write one or two paragraphs describing how you could apply transcription methods in your current or future professional life. How does working with phonetic symbols help you to understand better the sounds and structures of language?
The Transcription Exercise
- Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of assignment
- Studentâ€™s name
- Course name and number
- Instructorâ€™s name
- Date submitted
- Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.