Thursday, June 19, 2008

Edinburgh - how DO you say that?

My dad’s side of the family is Scottish, so the final stop on our UK tour - Scotland - was something I was particularly looking forward to.  It was an overcast and misty day when we took the ferry from Belfast over to Stranraer on the southwest coast of Scotland. 

Most of us spent the ferry ride doing our final transcriptions from Ireland.  We were in groups of four or five and each group had to turn in one transcription from each region.  Everyone was charged with collecting two samples in every location, and then out of the eight or ten that our group had, we would choose one to transcribe as a group.  I’m sure the people sitting near us were curious as to why there were five groups of girls listening to recordings of people saying “When the sunlight strikes raindrops in the air, it acts like a prism and forms a rainbow,” and then discussing whether that was really a schwa or if it was stressed enough to count as a caret.  And was that “th” sound voiced or not?  Did our speaker make a “w” in between “two” and “ends” or was it a glottal stop?  These were the pressing issues of the day.

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 06/19 at 08:57 AM
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