- I read Differences between phonemic and phonetic transcriptions, but no avail. Please see the terms that I colored in gray below. The book merely put them in bold, not gray. Don't the two sentences, with terms colored in gray, conflict?
I'm baffled because the sentence with "phonetic" is hinting at phonetics. But then the next sentence with "morphophonemic" brings up "phonology". hy did the author switch so suddenly from phonetics to phonology?
The first time I read this, I thought this word was morphophoneTic! Because the previous sentence was discussing "phonetic end"!
- Then I Googled morphophonetic, but got zero results. Does the term "morpho-phoneTic" truly not exist? Why not?
A linguistic representation may relate to different linguistic levels. It can be described by its position on a continuum between deep and shallow. A transcription is shallower if it is closer to the
phoneticend; a representation is deeper if it gives more morphological information. A
morphophonemicrepresentation is one related to linguistic units between morphology and phonology. In the examples above of the past tense, the writing system of English regularly represents the past tense morpheme the same way: <-ed>, except for irregular verbs such as kept, sent, rode, sang (this simplifies the situation somewhat), even though the past tense morpheme has two different sounding allomorphs /t/ and <-d/. In this case, English is using a deep transcription.
Henry Rogers, Writing Systems (2004), p 284.