An alternative IPA font!
|From:||Daniel A. Wier <dawier@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 1, 2000, 20:16|
You've probably heard of the SIL IPA fonts, but here's a place to get a
different kind of IPA TrueType font (available for Macs too!)
Fonts and documentation are available. The typeface is more elegant than
your garden-variety Times Roman-style; IPAPhon is based on Book Antiqua (or
Palatino for Mac users), my personal favorite font (which is somehow most
popular with religious publishers for some reason).
It comes with bold and italic variants -- but the bold-italic version is a
set of extended IPA and other symbols to indicate among other things,
Since we were on the topic of xenophonetics, here are some examples:
Linguolabial consonants are the dental symbols (t d theta edh n) with a
small double arch below (it resembles the letter M).
The bilabial percussive is two small lowercase w's stacked vertically. The
bidental percussive is two dental bridges (a bracket lying on its back)
A character called "feng" (f-eng ligature) indicates something called a
velar-pharyngeal fricative (which probably sounds similar to a certain
consonant in Tech). Two lateral ligatures, l-s and l-z, mark lateralized s
and z; if not identical, they're close to l-curl and l-ezh ligature, i.e.
the lateral fricatives.
Then you have reverse labiodental (lower teeth), indicated by a labiodental
(f v meng upsilon) with the dental bridge mark below.
The backslash \ marks reiterated ("stuttered") consonants: p\p\p.
Lisps are marked by theta-s and edh-z ligatures.
Weakly articulated segments are marked by the not-sign (¬) below.
Investigate for yourselves. It's freeware (afaik). This receives my
personal seal of approval, whatever the deuce it looks like...
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