Monday, 22 June 2015

The Eternal Lightness of Pronunciation






Have you already stopped to think about (pĬk) on Section XXX? Or would it be A (pēk)?



peak 
  (pēk)
n.
1. A tapering, projecting point; a pointed extremity: the peak of a cap; the peak of a roof.
2.
a. The pointed summit of a mountain.
b. The mountain itself.
3.
a. The point of a beard.
b. A widow's peak.
4. The point of greatest development, value, or intensity: a novel written at the peak of the writer's career. See Synonyms at summit.
5. Physics The highest value attained by a varying quantity: a peak in current.
6. Nautical
a. The narrow portion of a ship's hull at the bow or stern.
b. The upper aft corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
c. The outermost end of a gaff.

peek
  (pēk)
n.
A brief or furtive look.

pick 
  (pĭk)
n.
1. The act of picking, especially with a sharp pointed instrument.
2. The act of selecting or choosing; choice: got first pick of the desserts.
3. Something selected as the most desirable; the best or choicest part: the pick of the crop.
4. The amount or quantity of a crop that is picked by hand.
5. Sports An interception of a pass.
6. Basketball A screen.



Well, sometimes things are really hard for those who work in Interpreting!



Having to decide on the spot if that was a peak or a pick, or even a peek, might be really tricky.



The phonemic transcription (Phonemic Transcription, uni) of two of these is precisely the same, what then indicates precisely the same sound: (pēk)



And the phonemic transcription of the third one is something to get a prize for if you are ever able to distinguish your sounds yourself when saying them all, one after the other.






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