In a message dated 08/31/02 12:26:25 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:

<< But my real question is this: Does anyone know of a textbook on learning a
foreign language (any will do, really) that uses the IPA rather than
pseudo-English? >>

    The French textbook my college French class used used IPA.  Some do; some
don't.  And some use an older version of the IPA, or the Americanist system,
or a combination of both.  Usually the ones that spell it out with English
are printed in Britain, which makes learning the real phonetic values for an
American near impossible (e.g., the TY series).  Of course, you need to know
what the IPA sounds sound like in order to use the IPA, and then how the
sounds in the given language differ from the actual IPA values, which is
usually quite dramatic, depending on region...


"fawiT, Gug&g, tSagZil-a-Gariz, wAj min DidZejsat wazid..."
"Soft, driven, slow and mad, like some new language..."
                    -Jim Morrison