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Phonetic Characters on the Web

Links to IPA and Unicode Symbols

I used to maintain J. Tauber’s “PhonGIF” images here, but there seems little point to that now, what with Unicode having made life substantially easier for those who have the need for IPA characters.  I would have liked to establish a translation from phonGIF to Unicode, but, not being a trained linguist, such a project proved to be beyond my grasp.  Therefore, this page serves only to provide links to IPA, Unicode and other interesting pages of a similar vein.

LinkCommentary The International Phonetic Alphabet:  “devised by the International Phonetic Association as a standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language.” IPA Symbols with Unicode:  “Unicode includes letters and marks from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and those supporting other phonetic writing systems too.” The NATO “Phonetic” Alphabet:  “more formally the international radiotelephony spelling alphabet, is the most widely used spelling alphabet.” Windows Code Page 1258:  “a codepage used in Microsoft Windows to represent Vietnamese texts.”  (Missing a few important letters.) Lawrence Lo’s, a fabulous resource.  Mayan, Aztec, Vietnamese and many, many others. Omniglot:  “a guide to the languages, alphabets, syllabaries and other writing systems of the world.” Japanese writing:  “Modern Japanese writing system uses three main scripts.” African writing systems:  includes a color writing system, used by the Edo people of Benin. Vietnamese writing introduction, with short histories of Quốc Ngữ and Chữ Nôm. Home page for the above, featuring Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese, but not Korean. Summer Institute of Linguistics:  a wealth of fonts and information on the world’s writing systems. W3C Internationalization:  “Making the World Wide Web world wide!” Hangul (한글), the alphabetic writing system for Korean.

Coming soon, an Amazon bookshop for writing systems.

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