Word Ways

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Fecund Phonetics


Susan Thorpe


The same letter, or group of letters, can have different pronunciations and hence be represented by different phonetic symbols. This is demonstrated in Unusual Words and Arbitrary Words. Conversely, the same phonetic symbol can represent different letters or groups of letters. For example, both the E and I in PHONETIST are pronounced as is the I in PIT. A phonetist is a person versed in phonetics. Each of the words below has more than one identical phonetic symbol represented by a different letter or group of letters. The phonetic symbol is given first, together with the different letter/letter groups it represents in the words listed.