About Me

The Beta

The Beta is first to indicate the fish with the beauty that can be discovered in an every-day sort of object.

Also, as the second letter in the Greek Alphabet, “beta” indicates my love for linguistics and etymology. Greek is a core language in the development and evolution of almost every Indo-European language.

The “Z” and the Bubble

ZBubble is an abbreviation for the name Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel was a prophet in Old Testament times who lived as a leader in harsh environments. He took on the task of rebuilding the Temple of the Israelites in the midst of opposition and captivity. He was opposed, mocked, and often in danger; but he is known for the declaration of “Not by  might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord Almighty!” and “Who dares despise the day of small beginnings?” Zerubbabel is an inspiration to me in reminding me not to give up if I do not appear to be making progress or if I am not progressing as fast as I had hoped. As my pastor says, “It is often the small actions that nobody sees that results in the big changes that everybody wants.”

IPA Notation

I started studying psycholinguistics when I was 12 years old and began a project dubbed, IPA Notation; which has continued throughout the years. Today, it has become a selection of slightly differing equations and scripts used for written communication.

IPA stands for International Phoneme Alphabet, which is a real thing used in linguistics to express all the phonemes utterable by the human articulators. The idea is that, although different languages contain different sounds that do not exist in other languages and vice versa, all phonemes can be traced back to one of about 40-45 core phonemes. These core phonemes are what make up the IPA. If a sound does not match perfectly with one of the core phonemes, it is still a variation of one or the result of combining two or more phonemes and pronouncing them simultaneously.

The IPA is expressed on an IPA vocal chart which is shaped as a trapezoid where small base is south and long base is north. It is shaped such to represent the human articulating cavity. The position of your articulators when you make a certain sound determines at which point on the chart the phoneme is placed. The different points are usually expressed by using terms such as, “open-open-front-back”. Terms like this can pinpoint exactly where on the IPA chart the phoneme falls and thus, exactly how a person must shape his articulators in order to produce the sound. There are actually two different IPA charts: one for vowels and one for consonants. The Vowel chart is a common tool among linguists. As far as I know, the consonant chart has never been utilized and only exists in IPA notation, which is my own creation.

Let me explain that IPA notation is my creation of a method for notating verbal language using only the keys on the number pad and a strictly phonetic script. The backbone is a script of characters where each phoneme on the IPA is its own representation. There are no clusters or blends of letters that together indicate a completely different sound. Nor are there any characters that represent more than one sound. It is a new alphabet of 40-45 “letters” with which you can write in any language.

I then take the IPA chart shaped like a trapezoid and turn it into a grid to be placed over the QWERTY keyboard, which is also shaped like a trapezoid. Wipe away all the letters on the keyboard, replace them by numbering each of the keys, and place each phoneme in its respective point to the position of the articulators. Now we can use a series of numbers, dots, and asterisks to write out an equation for spoken language. There are different equations you can use to calculate different series of numbers for the same speech. There are also different ways people pronounce the same word and sound that may sound identical to most people but even the slightest slur changes the way something looks on the IPA. In the end, it always comes down to knowing exactly how a person is forming his articulators as he speaks, finding those sounds on the IPA chart, and calculating the correct sequence of numbers to express it.

 IPA notation makes communication much more interesting and helps in understanding variations in people’s speech patterns. It is by no means a completed project of mine. I do not know that it will ever be “done” unless I decide to give up the study of psycholinguistics. It is an ongoing project that I work on for personal enjoyment to expand my mental capacity.

 

 

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