Luciano Canepari

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The canIPA vocoid system

Luciano Canepari [luˈt͡ʃaːno ˌkaneˈpaːri] (b. 19 January 1947 in Venice), is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Venice. He received his academic training at that university. He developed a phonetic transcription system called canIPA ([kaˈniːpa]), based on the official IPA. The canIPA consists of 500 basic, 300 complementary and 200 supplementary symbols. It is a work in progress, intended to permit the transcription of all world languages in more exact detail than the official IPA.

His work was criticised by Alex Rotatori, a lecturer of English Phonetics, for being too complicated and for its concept of "International English", which Rotatori described as "a variety nowhere to be heard on this planet".[1] In response, Canepari published a strongly worded denunciation of Rotatori's credentials as a phonetician and called him a "charlatan".[2]


  • Introduzione alla fonetica. Torino: Einaudi, 1979
  • Phonetic Notation/La notazione fonetica. Venice: Cafoscarina, 1983 (in English and Italian; with two audio-cassettes)
  • Dizionario di pronuncia italiana. Bologna: Zanichelli, 1999; new ed. 2000
  • Manuale di pronuncia italiana. Bologna: Zanichelli, 1999; new ed, 2004
  • Manuale di fonetica. Fonetica ⟨naturale⟩. München: Lincom Europa, 2003
    • translated as A Handbook of Phonetics: ⟨Natural⟩ Phonetics. München: Lincom Europa, 2005
  • Manuale di pronuncia. Italiano, inglese, francese, tedesco, spagnolo, portoghese, russo, arabo, hindi, cinese, giapponese, esperanto. München: Lincom Europa, 2003; new ed. 2007
    • translated as A Handbook of Pronunciation: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Esperanto. München: Lincom Europa, 2005; new ed. 2007
  • Avviamento alla fonetica. Torino: Einaudi, 2006
  • Pronunce straniere dell'italiano. 2007
  • Natural Phonetics and Tonetics. München: Lincom Europa, 2007
  • The Pronunciation of English around the World. München: Lincom Europa, 2010

He has also published a number of workbooks and recordings used in connection with these books.


  • Warren Shibles, "A Comparative Phonetics of Italian: toward a Standard IPA Transcription", Italica 71:4 (1994), pp. 548–566. (Available on jstor to subscribers).

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