International Phonetic Alphabet

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International Phonetic Alphabet

[‚in·tər¦nah·ən·əl phə¦ned·ik ′al·fə‚bet]
(linguistics)
A phonetic transcription system the purpose of which is to represent with graphic symbols the distinctive sounds of human speech, regardless of language.

International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

The internationally agreed system of code words identifying an alphabet and numbers, so as to avoid ambiguity during reception. See phonetic alphabets.

International Phonetic Alphabet

(text, human language)
(IPA) A system of symbols for representing pronunciation. There is no commonly agreed way to represent IPA in ASCII characters though it can be represented in Unicode.