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?