International Phonetic Alphabet
The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is a system of phonetic notation Latin alphabet, devised by the International Phonetic Association. The IPA is used by foreign language students and teachers, linguists, speech pathologists and therapists, singers, actors, lexicographers, conlangers and translators. based primarily on the as a standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language.
The IPA is designed to represent only those qualities of speech that are distinctive in spoken language: phonemes, intonation, and the separation of words and syllables. To represent additional qualities of speech such as tooth gnashing, lisping, and sounds made with a cleft palate, an extended set of symbols called the Extensions to the IPA is used (source wikipedia).
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