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Department of Linguistics

PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY

Australian English Transcription
Practice Exercises

Felicity Cox and Robert Mannell


EXERCISE 1.

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription of the following words.

1   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  car 26   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  taps
2   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  eat 27   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  link
3   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  map 28   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  caused
4   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  role 29   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  spliced
5   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  boy 30   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  script
6   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  fine 31   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  scrunched
7   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  thought 32   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  bulged
8   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  purse 33   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  crusts
9   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  youth 34   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  sixths
10   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  beige 35   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  strength
11   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  jog 36   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  helm
12   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  then 37   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  robbed
13   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  cheers 38   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  cash
14   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  tin 39   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  you'll
15   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  dare 40   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  grasp
16   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  shove 41   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  slow
17   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  hang 42   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  flare
18   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  mouse 43   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  tired
19   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  wash 44   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  wink
20   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  fade 45   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  frowned
21   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  tax 46   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  loins
22   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  tenth 47   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  stewed
23   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  pride 48   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  square
24   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  creep 49   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  welsh
25   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  dwell 50   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  hinged

EXERCISE 2.

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription of the following words.

1   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  begin 11   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  quality
2   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  wrecker 12   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  archbishop
3   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  aero 13   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  sixtieth
4   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  delegate 14   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  macrobiotic
5   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  impose 15   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  eulogy
6   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  fallacy 16   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Asia
7   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  nocturne 17   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  octopus
8   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  defamatory 18   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  exempts
9   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  viaduct 19   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  reoccupy
10   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  scowling 20   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  antidisestablishmentarianism

EXERCISE 3.

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription of the following words.

1   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  regard 11   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  sixteenth
2   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  inert 12   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  encapsulate
3   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  dancer 13   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  biology
4   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  expect 14   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  interpretation
5   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  baggage 15   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  triathlete
6   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  phonetics 16   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  polyunsaturated
7   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  music 17   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  unexpectedly
8   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  caramel 18   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  anecdotal
9   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Macquarie 19   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  microphones
10   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  buyer 20   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  supercalifragilisticexpialedocious

EXERCISE 4.

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription transcription of the following words.

1   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  ear 26   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  cube
2   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  arch 27   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  twin
3   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  tea 28   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  depth
4   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  yacht 29   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  crashed
5   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  on 30   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  glimpsed
6   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  young 31   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  sculpts
7   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  axe 32   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  dune
8   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  clay 33   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  skew
9   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  pew 34   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  bark
10   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  steak 35   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  east
11   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  hinge 36   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  rare
12   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  scratch 37   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  how
13   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  muse 38   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  thwart
14   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  splashed 39   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  strength
15   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  teak 40   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  bulged
16   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  ninth 41   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  hue
17   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  squashed 42   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  shrieked
18   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  acts 43   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  thrilled
19   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  scorched 44   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  swoon
20   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  mink 45   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  texts
21   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  strong 46   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  belched
22   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  worlds 47   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  filmed
23   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  wedged 48   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  growl
24   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  thanks 49   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  school
25   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  crafts 50   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  are

EXERCISE 5.

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription of the following sentences.

  1.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Cats and dogs need to be loved and walked every day.
  2.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  I lugged the suitcases all the way from the polished vestibule to the flats' antiquated old lift.
  3.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  The atmosphere of the cosy studio was not at all conducive to the sort of thing the Armenian teenager had in mind.
  4.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  The special vision which ocean birds have enables them to inspect chasms which we would miss.
  5.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  The little nurse drew a deep breath,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  wiped the tears of merriment from her eyes and began to make her preparations for giving the patient his injection.
  6.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Maddened and angry they were leaping and howling round the trunks,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  and cursing the dwarves in their horrible language, with their tongues hanging out and their red eyes shining as red and fierce as the flames.
  7.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Somewhere behind the grey clouds the sun must have gone down,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  for it began to get dark as they went down into the deep valley with a river at the bottom.
  8.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Far away I hear the distant drumming of my father as he begins practicing for a local band competition.
  9.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Students seeking guidance thought his sudden absence was quite rotten.
  10.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  The inner illumination was swallowed up in another kind of light.

EXERCISE 6

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription of the following passages.

Passage 1

  Sound image. Click here to play sound.  The sun was just rising as Dr Robert entered his wife's room at the hospital.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  An orange glow   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  and, against it,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  the jagged silhouette of the mountains.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Then suddenly a dazzling sickle of incandescence between two peaks.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  The sickle became a half-circle and the first long shadows,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  the first shafts of golden light crossed the garden outside the window.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  And when one looked up again at the mountains   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  there was the whole unbearable glory of the risen sun.

Passage 2

  Sound image. Click here to play sound.  I was thinking of two people I met last time I was in England.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  At Cambridge.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  One of them was an atomic physicist,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  the other was a philosopher.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Both extremely eminent.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  But one had a mental age, outside the laboratory,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  of about eleven   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  and the other was a compulsive eater with a weight problem that he refused to face.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Two extreme examples of what happens when you take a clever boy,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  give him fifteen years of the most intensive formal education   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  and totally neglect to do anything for the mind-body   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  which has to do the learning and the living.

Passage 3

  Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Up jumped Bilbo,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  and putting on his dressing-gown went into the dining room.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  There he saw nobody,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  but all the signs of a large and hurried breakfast.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  There was a fearful mess in the room, and piles of unwashed crocks in the kitchen.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Nearly every pot and pan he possessed seemed to have been used.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  The washing-up was so dismally real   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  that Bilbo was forced to believe the party of the night before had not been part of his bad dreams,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  as he had rather hoped.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Indeed he was really relieved after   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  to think that they had all gone without him,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  without bothering to wake him up (   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  'but with never a thank you' he thought);   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  and yet   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  in a way   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  he couldn't help feeling just a trifle disappointed.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  The feeling surprised him.

Passage 4

  Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  a small slimy creature.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  I don't know where he came from,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  nor who or what he was.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  He was a Gollum -   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  as dark as darkness,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  except for two big round pale eyes in his thin face.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  He had a little boat,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  and he rowed about quite quietly on the lake;   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  for lake it was,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  wide and deep   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  and deadly cold.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  He paddled it with large feet dangling over the side,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  but never a ripple did he make.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Not he.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  He was looking out of his pale lamp-like eyes for blind fish,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  which he grabbed with his long fingers as quick as thinking.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  He liked meat too.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  Goblin he thought good, when he could get it;   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  but he took care they never found him out.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  He just throttled them from behind,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  if ever they came down alone anywhere near the edge of the water, while he was prowling about.   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  They seldom did,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  for they had a feeling   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  that something unpleasant was lurking down there,   Sound image. Click here to play sound.  down at the very roots of the mountain.