Saturday, March 15, 2008

Check this out!

I am a bit of a language/linguistics freak. I need to mention that before I post this link.

I was looking for a way to do a schwa in HTML, so I could describe the sounds Schmooey is making. I found this site and was so excited! It's the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) in HTML! Whee!!!!!!!!

I majored in linguistics in college, and phonetics was my favorite area of study. What's really cool about the IPA is that you can transcribe any word, in any language, and know how to pronounce it. It doesn't matter what their alphabet looks like or if you have a clue how to speak it, if you know the IPA. Nifty, cool stuff, that.

So, lest I keep you in suspense - I know you're dying to hear what Isaac's been saying - he likes to say /bəf/ a lot, preferrably with a fair amount of spit involved on the /f/. He has also started saying "wahwah" when he's not terribly pleased with a situation, and his favorite seems to be "vavavavavavava" as many times in a row as he can do it. He sounds a little annoyed when he talks, actually, but I think he is just vocalizing loudly to make himself heard above the din of his sisters.

He is such a boy. He loves to lean over and shake the magnifier arm on my Ott Light. He has discovered that it's really cool to shake a bottle of water and watch the water slosh around. And, he can roll places to get things he wants now, so he's technically mobile - thankfully we keep his stuff pretty close and he's easily entertained so he hasn't gotten into much yet.

Also, he is nearly sitting up! He does really well if we set him up like a little tripod, until he gets excited and reaches for something. Then there is a distinct list.

I don't think I'm ready for all these new developments. Emma keeps telling me he's growing up to quickly. She has no idea.


  1. And where was this schwa info LAST week when I actually needed it? :o)

  2. Can't wait to chat with Isaac soon!

    You've been tagged. (I get it now!)

    Later! Susan

  3. How fun!

    Theo's favorite word at the moment seems to be nnnnnnnDRAHnnnnnnnDRAH, with an Italian r. (Is there an IPA for that?) He also likes to sing while trilling that R. So it sounds more like an l-d-r combo, doing the opera.

  4. I came over to your blog through a tag...don't know whose...since you are a linguistic/language person, can you help me with my kiddos problem on not saying their r's like r's...they say it like a w...I just posted about this today and need help with ideas for working on this. Can you help?