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    Question Names of IPA

    Hello, respected teachers.
    Where can i find the names of phonetic alphabets?
    i know schwa and water pot. I do not know the names of the other phonetic alphabets.
    Plz help me.

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    Re: Names of IPA

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikramullah View Post
    Hello, respected teachers.
    Where can i find the names of phonetic alphabets?
    i know schwa and water pot. I do not know the names of the other phonetic alphabets.
    Plz help me.


    I suppose 'water pot' is /ʊ/. If so, it is a classroom mnemonic that I haven't met.

    I don't know of a list of such 'friendly' names. If you want names of the symbols used in the IPA (which I think is what you want) I can give instructions for Window only. Open the Character Map (depending on your operating system it is either an Accessory or in Accessories>System Tools). Select Lucida Sans Unicode, which should be available on any modern Windows system. Point and click on the symbol you want, and at the foot of the window the name of that symbol appears (following a Unicode number, which may be useful if you have a remarkably good memory!); the name of the symbol you know as 'water pot' is 'Small Latin Letter Upsilon'. I know which I prefer

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    Re: Names of IPA

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikramullah View Post
    Hello, respected teachers.
    Where can i find the names of phonetic alphabets?
    i know schwa and water pot. I do not know the names of the other phonetic alphabets.
    Plz help me.
    You are talking about letters or symbols. An alphabet is the whole of a set of symbols, eg. the IPA alphabet, the Russian (cyrillic) alphabet, the Arabic alphabet...

    You could start here:
    Naming conventions of the International Phonetic Alphabet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Not many symbols have specific names, but some are: schwa, esh, eth, theta, ash, yogh.
    More often they are simply called: reversed e, retroflex r, turned script a ...
    What is a water pot?

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    Re: Names of IPA

    Further to my last post, which made what may have seemed like an irrelevant reference to Lucida Sans Unicode: that font has the benefits of working for UE, being installed on all Windows computers, and including enough of the IPA characters to transcribe English - so it will work for non-specialists who can't be bothered to download a new font.

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    Re: Names of IPA

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikramullah View Post
    Hello, respected teachers.
    Where can i find the names of phonetic alphabets?
    i know schwa and water pot. I do not know the names of the other phonetic alphabets.
    Plz help me.
    I know about schwa (symbol is inverted e). I have never heard of water pot. However I have heard chinese hat/cap or wet/wedge sound (the symbol is ^). Are you referring to this?
    Last edited by anupumh; 04-Sep-2009 at 00:41.

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    Re: Names of IPA

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post


    I suppose 'water pot' is /ʊ/. If so, it is a classroom mnemonic that I haven't met.

    I don't know of a list of such 'friendly' names. If you want names of the symbols used in the IPA (which I think is what you want) I can give instructions for Window only. Open the Character Map (depending on your operating system it is either an Accessory or in Accessories>System Tools). Select Lucida Sans Unicode, which should be available on any modern Windows system. Point and click on the symbol you want, and at the foot of the window the name of that symbol appears (following a Unicode number, which may be useful if you have a remarkably good memory!); the name of the symbol you know as 'water pot' is 'Small Latin Letter Upsilon'. I know which I prefer

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    Upsilon is Greek, Roman propagandist!

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    Lightbulb Re: Names of IPA

    The latin small letter upsilon is I think called a water pot.

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    Re: Names of IPA

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikramullah View Post
    The latin small letter upsilon is I think called a water pot.
    Latin has no upsilon, its Greek.

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    Re: Names of IPA

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Latin has no upsilon, its Greek.

    /bʊk/ book
    ʊ Unicode 028A – Latin Small letter upsilon
    υ Unicode 03C5 - Greek small letter upsilon

    Latin may have no upsilon, but that's what it's called in IPA.

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