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An international team of linguists is redefining [s]. Since 1889, the International Prototype Sibilant (IPS) has served as the formal definition for [s]. The IPS is a wax cylinder recording of an unidentified French woman vocalizing the platonic ideal of an [s], a feat never since duplicated.
The IPS is kept in a climate-
Many of these national prototypes are no longer calibrated properly. The Dutch have had to retract their prototype sibilant. Attempts to use the Belgian prototype sibilant have been stalled as a binational team argues over whether it should be temporarily relocated to Baarle-
The IPA has agreed to undertake a careful analysis of the recording in order to redefine [s] without reference to the IPS. In addition to the challenges associated with recovering the signal from the damaged cylinder, the IPA will have to port their analysis software, which was originally written in LISP.