In the “Steve Jobs” script by Aaron Sorkin, there is a little exchange between Jobs and Sculley in which the former says that the name “Apple” came from a “list of friendly-sounding words”. Regardless of why Apple is named Apple, do such lists exist? Is there any research on what makes a word sound friendly to people (phonetically, semantically, aurally, visually, ...)?
Who were the people first responsible for the direct translation of the name 羅姆尼 (Romney) in Cantonese? How did they decide which words to use for the sound? [more inside]
Is it possible to learn college-level phonetics and phonology on one's own? Bonus: online? [more inside]
Why does my voice sound awesome (to me) only in the morning? [more inside]
Sounding out English on the Internet: /æ/ [more inside]
Phonetics question: I don't get the idea of consonants, one after the other, at the end of a syllable, without even a schwa in-between. [more inside]
Desperate IPA situation! I've opened up an old Word doc that was created using SIL Doulos or SIL IPA93 fonts. These are now defunct. I currently use Doulos SIL and Charis (both unicode, hooray!). The document is substituting certain alphabet characters for much needed IPA symbols. I need to know what those masquerading alphabet characters used to be in IPA. [more inside]
How do you spell Popeye's laugh? [more inside]
Is there a resource that demonstrates how to do foreign accents by re-spelling words in such a way that when read aloud by an American, will closely resemble the accent? For example, in "Australian", Down = Dan. [more inside]
Why do little kids pronounce "r" as "w"? [more inside]
There was a site of speakers around the world speaking a specific phrase in English. This was to show how regional dialects of English sounded. You could click on a map and it would pull up video of these speakers. Does anyone know what that site is? If not, perhaps a good response would include a concise phrase that can show different regional variations (cot/caught, don/dawn, pin/pen). [more inside]
SpanishPhoneticsFilter: Which gringo pronunciation best approximates [β]? [more inside]
How do you pronounce them when it's stressed? For instance, "Don't give it to me, give it to THEM." [more inside]
My name is Christian. It seems that whenever someone mistake my name for another, they mistake it for François at least 80% of the time. Why? [more inside]
Hawaiian has only eight consonants. Pirahã purportedly has even fewer phonemes and no numerals. What other languages have properties which would be considered unusual by Indo-European language speakers?
I need an application (preferably web based) in which I can enter a word, including surnames, and get the phonetic spelling in return. Any ideas?