Look at the question that was asked here and not sufficiently answered: What is the difference between "phonetic" and "phonemic"?

The question is asking whether there is a difference between phonetic and phonemic transcription. In the responses, there is no indication of how either is transcribed in phrase format. For example, would phonemic transcription be /'sæd 'deɪ/ and phonetic transcription be [sæd de] in IPA?

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    I suppose in the context of a potentially ambiguous written form, such as These are the toys I have to play with, including the stress mark could be considered "phonemic" (if have is stressed, I must play with them; if not, they're simply available to be played with). But I don't know if that's really the issue here. The fundamental difference between what phonetic/phonemic transcriptions actually represent should be easily established by considering the definitions themselves, but it's quite true that no existing answers specifically address how they're transcribed... – FumbleFingers Aug 13 '15 at 13:24
  • ...but as this discussion points out, the difference there is that phonetic transcription puts [each sound] in square brackets, whereas phonemic transcription puts /each phoneme/ in backslashes. It also gives an example of a context where the actual sound and the phoneme are different (in Japanese - I suspect no such example would be meaningful to native Anglophones in English). – FumbleFingers Aug 13 '15 at 13:27
  • ...but I'm voting to re-open, if only because I'd like to know if it's feasible that prince and prints, for example, are the same in phonetic transcription, but different in phonemic transcription, as appears to be suggested in this discussion – FumbleFingers Aug 13 '15 at 13:39
  • sure, why not, it's an interesting question so good to have more perspectives. – Mitch Aug 13 '15 at 13:54

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