LING 101 Lecture Notes - Minimal Pair, Vocal Folds, Scone

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Linguistics 101 - Tutorial Problems for Week 2
In-Tutorial Problem Set 2
Do this problem together as a group of 2 or 3 in tutorial
You do not have to hand this problem in
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all the IPA symbols installed).
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Q1. The IPA symbol /e/ is used for the vowel in English ‘bait’. Identify four other words in
English that use the same vowel; try to find a variety of spellings, if possible.
Q2. The IPA symbol /o/ is used for the vowel in English ‘cone’. Identify four other words in
English that use the same vowel; try to find a variety of spellings, if possible.
Q3. The IPA symbol /æ/ is used for the vowel in English ‘had’. Identify four other words
in English that use the same vowel; try to find a variety of spellings, if possible.
Q4. The pair “pod” vs. “pad” is a minimal pair between /ɑ/ and / æ/”. That means
the words have distinct meanings, based only on the difference in vowel quality
between /ɑ/ and / æ/. Give three more minimal pairs where the meanings are
distinguished only by these vowels.
Q5. Transcribe (write in the IPA) each of the following words,
Use ONLY the IPA symbols
You do NOT have to represent predictable glottal stop in these examples (this is
‘broad’ transcription, where we omit predictable changes).
pause saws stops Spock pot
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pass Oz sax socks as
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say sane zoo pay scone
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poke teak so sew zone
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