Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Phonetic Transcription in Theory and Practice$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Barry Heselwood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640737

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640737.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 24 July 2021



(p.1) Introduction
Phonetic Transcription in Theory and Practice

Barry Heselwood

Edinburgh University Press

Phonetic transcription is concerned with how the sounds used in spoken language are represented in written form. The medium of sound and the medium of writing are of course very different, having absolutely no common forms or substance whatsoever, but over the ages people have found ways to represent sounds using written symbols of one kind or another, ways that have been more or less successful for their purposes. This book aims to explore the history and development of phonetic transcription as a particular example of technographic writing and to examine critically the problems attending its theory and practice. A good many academic books include ‘theory and practice’ in their title, and I offer no apology for doing so in a work on phonetic transcription. Theory and practice have shaped the resources for transcription by pulling often in contrary directions through obedience to different priorities. Theory, being concerned with the logic and consistency of category construction, has made many attempts to impose itself on the design of phonetic notation systems, but practice has almost always rebelled, finding the demands of theory too inflexible and too forgetful of the practical need to make and read transcriptions with a minimum of difficulty. The failure of many proposed notation systems has illustrated that the only valid test for a notation is ‘practice, not abstract logical principles’ (...

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.