March 26, 2008

Using the IPA

Since we were recently on the subject of Entering Exotic Characters, I thought it would be good to mention again the International Phonetic Alphabet. A clickable IPA chart that will play examples of the sounds for you is located here at the web site of the University of Victoria. John Wells at University College London has a page on The International Phonetic Alphabet in Unicode. Of course, to get it to show up properly, you'll want a font that contains the IPA. Two fonts designed particularly for their IPA characters are Charis SIL and Doulos SIL

You can enter IPA using any of the methods for entering non-ASCII characters in general but a clickable IPA chart may be particularly useful. You can use this IPA keyboard over the net or install CharEntry on your own system. The Yudit editor has an ASCII-IPA keyboard definition that makes typing in IPA straightforward. For example, you type t for "t", T for θ, s for "s", S for "ʃ", n for "n", N for "ŋ", i for "i", but I for "ɪ".

Posted by Bill Poser at March 26, 2008 08:43 PM