User talk:Mr KEBAB

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short a in Afrikaans phonology[edit]

Hi, since you're the main author of Afrikaans phonology, how do you think the short a of Afrikaans should be transcribed? As you have noted in the article, /a/, /ä/ and /ɑ/ have all been used. (Also @Naudefj in case you're interested.) ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 12:55, 6 March 2018 (UTC)

@Lingo Bingo Dingo I've got no idea which symbol is the most correct one phonetically, but Afrikaans phonology uses /a/ and I think that's the best symbol. I'm sure that the long /ɑː/ is fully back, but I'm not sure how fronted is /a/ in comparison to /ɑː/. Maybe it's variable, but most sources I've seen describe it as more front than /ɑː/.
/ä/ is the worst choice. We don't need to use diacritics in phonemic transcription. Mr KEBAB (talk) 01:50, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll use /a/. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 12:14, 15 March 2018 (UTC)