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The above transcription of aspiration is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.
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An example use of aspiration in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… under law were still an aspiration for …”
Aspiration means a desire to reach a particular goal or to achieve a particular status.