International Phonetic Alphabet
|international phonetic alphabet|
|type||alphabet, partially featural|
|spoken languages||used for |
|time period||since 1888|
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the international phonetic alphabet (ipa) is a system for writing down sounds. it was created by the
international phonetic association in 1886, so that people could write down sounds of
the ipa has symbols only for sounds that are used normally in spoken languages. the extended ipa is used to write down other sounds.
the ipa is sometimes changed, and symbols are added or taken away. right now there are 107 different letters in the ipa. there are also 52 marks which are added to letters to change their sound. these marks are called "diacritics".