IPA Alphabet – Soca Style

Learning Some IPA Vowel Symbols, Soca Style

for Trinbagonian English Phonemes

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/i/ as in the <i> in Bunji (and Patrice and Swappi)

/ɪ/ as in the <i> in Jigga (and Winchester)

/e/ as in the <e> in Vigilante

/ɛ/ as in the <e> in Destra (and Benjamin)

/a/ as in the <a> in Blaxx (and Machel*, Shal, Batson, Alves, but not the <a> in Patrice or Benjamin, above)

/ɘ / as in the <ur> and the <er> in Shurwayne and Kerwin (for Trinbagonians and others, the <r> is silent)

/u/ as in the <u> in Super Blue (and the <oo> in groovy)

/ʊ/ as in the <u> in Pitbull and stupid (quoting Lord Nelson’s song), and the <oo> in chook and jook

/o/ as in the <o> in soca and the second <o> in Montano

/ɔ/ as in the <eor> in George (for Trinbagonians and others, the <r> is silent)

/ʌ/ as in the <u> in Chucky

/ɒ/ as in the <o> in Prophet and the first <o> in Montano (some use the /ʌ/ as in the <u> in Chucky here)

/ɑ/ as in the <ar> in Marshall (for Trinbagonians and others, the <r> is silent)

/aɪ/ as in the <ai> in Benjai

/ɒʊ/ as in the <ow> in “power”

/ɔɪ/ as in the <oi> in “noise”

Other vowels in and from French:

/ã/ as in <an> in Dimanche (French), dimanch (Patois),  “Sunday”

/y/ as in <u> in Du Bois (in English, this is actually pronounced /ju/ like you, not the French way  /y/)

*For some, the in <a> Machel has evolved from /a/ to /ɑ/, from the sound in match to the sound in march.

Special thanks to Bunji and Benjai for the inspiration and the phonemic, near-phonetic spelling of their names. 🙂

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© 2012 J.S. Ferreira, UWI, St Augustine

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