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Phonetic Transcription in Theory and Practice$
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Barry Heselwood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640737

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640737.001.0001

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Narrow Impressionistic Phonetic Transcription

Narrow Impressionistic Phonetic Transcription

(p.178) 5 Narrow Impressionistic Phonetic Transcription
Phonetic Transcription in Theory and Practice

Barry Heselwood

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 5 argues for the validity of narrow impressionistic phonetic transcription from a position of phenomenalism, and offers counter-arguments to objections emanating from the philosophies of physicalism and rationalism. Rather than the articulations of the speaker being the objects of impressionistic analysis, which is the belief of direct realism, it is claimed that it is speech sounds as perceptual objects, or ‘secondary objects’, which are the things about which phonetic judgements are made and it is these judgements which are represented in an impressionistic transcription. This claim leads to rejection of the possibility of proper consensual agreement about an impressionistic transcription because the objects of analysis are not accessible to others.

Keywords:   speech perception, veridicality, phenomenalism, physicalism, rationalism, direct realism, perceptual objects

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