SpecGram invites everyone to sign up for its first annual phonological spelling bee, to be held concurrently with the Annual Meeting of the International Phonetic Association at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton, 3-6 January 2008, Chicago, IL.
Here are the official rules:
Spellers in the the first annual phonological spelling bee must qualify under five basic requirements.
Contestants will be given 25 words for which they need to provide the following phonological information:
Upon completion of the features contestants need to repeat the word. The following may serve as sample correct answers:
The adopted standard of pronunciation will be Peterson and Barney (1952); deviations therefrom will lead to loss of points.
There will be no arguments with the Reader or the Judges by the participant any time during the competition. If you have a disagreement with a decision, please go to the protest table immediately. If the Judges or the Reader are found to have made any mistakes, the participant will be reinstated to the competition.
The winner of this year’s annual phonological spelling bee will receive an
honorary doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin and a three-
Please RSVP by August 15, 2007.