Here is the transcription /ˈɪr.i/. It is from Cambridge Dictionary. Does it mean that I need to say the letter r and i separately? If so, then I am confused because I thought that it is the role of the apostrophy to separate sounds like in the word interact. It is clear that we read this word as two separate words inter and act. Here is the transcription /ˌɪn.t̬ɚˈækt/.
The dot denotes where a word is broken into syllables
- UK ee•rie /ˈɪə.ri/
US eer•ie; /ˈɪr.i/ (two syllables)
- beau•ti•ful; /bjuː.tɪ.f ə l/ (three syllables)
In a phonetic transcription, the apostrophe (actually a short straight down mark placed between letters above the line) indicates the primary stress, and a similar mark placed on the line indicates secondary stress. A dot placed on the line indicates a syllable break. See the section on "suprasegmentals" in an IPA chart
In General American pronunciation the word is /ˈɪr.i/ with a syllable break after the /r/
British pronunciation is /ˈɪə.ri/