<conference> is the Inquiry of the Day for my Faculty meeting. As Pete suggested, it should be 'teacher-led" inquiry for the first few sessions so I am doing my research and would appreciate input to make sure I got it all correct. Thanks, in advance for your help.
What does the word mean?
As a noun- it is a formal meeting for discussion, usually taking place over several days *interesting as ours are single sessions lasting 15- 20 minutes, thus making me wonder if we should be calling them Student Led Discussions
How is it built?
Here is where I have some questions. Pete and I had some discussions and were pointing toward <fer> as the base, but in my research, I have not been able to locate this as an option. The first option I came upon was <fere> (from ME) meaning companion and I thought this was the one as a conference is discussion with others. However, when I began to look at relatives, I came across <conferment>. When I checked it out, I came across <ferre> (Late ME) meaning to bring. This, for me, makes more sense as a conference is to bring together people for discussion. Below is where this search has brought me.
I think it is con + ferr/e/ +ence --> conference
<ferre> as the base (originally from Late Middle English ) meaning to bring
<con-> refers together/with.
<-ence> refers to an action or its result
Am I correct in this? When Pete and I were talking yesterday, <fer> came up, but I am unable to locate it in any of my sources?
What are its relatives?
<conferences> , <conferencing>, <confer> , <conferred> , <conferring>, <conferred>, <teleconference> , <teleconferences> , <teleconferencing>, <videoconferencing>, <videoconferencing> , <videoconferencing>, <conferment>, <conferments>
How do we pronounce it?
|ˈkɒnf(ə)r(ə)ns| - not the best at this :) so I want to run it buy you-- In the word conference, are the following phonemes correct?
/ˈk/ /ɒ/ /n/ /f/ /ə/ /r/ /ə/ /ns/
Okay, be easy on me. :) My meeting is tomorrow afternoon, so if you can respond before then, I would greatly appreciate it.I look forward to your feedback.
One more thing, Is there anywhere online that you are aware of, that has a correct list of all the English language phonemes (voiced and unvoiced) along with an audio pronunciation? It would be a great support for the inquiries with my teacher assistants. The last thing I want to due is teach them incorrectly and I am still undoing my own learning so this could happen if I do not have the proper resources.