Handwritten IPA

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Letters of the International Phonetic Alphabet have handwritten forms designed for use in manuscripts and when taking field notes; they are occasionally seen in print publications when the printer did not have fonts that supported IPA, and the IPA was therefore filled in by hand. However, cursive IPA is no longer taught, and is no longer included in the IPA handbook.


The cursive forms of the IPA presented in the 1912 edition of The principles of the International Phonetic Association. Two of these letters are obsolete: ⟨ǥ⟩ is now ⟨ɣ⟩, and ⟨⟩ is now ⟨ɸ⟩.
ʈ ɖ ɟ ʔ ɓ ɗ ɳ Ƞ ɲ ŋ ɫ ɬ ɮ ɭ ʎ ɽ ɼ ʀ ɸ β θ ð ʃ ʒ z ɹ ᶊ ᶎ ç ɕ ʑ ɣ ʕ ɦ ɥ ʋ ʇ ʖ ʗ ɛ a ɑ ɔ ø œ ə ʌ æ ɐ ɜ ɪ ʊ ʏ ɒ ɤ ɯ Ą ɔ̨ schwa with ogonek ː
The cursive forms of the IPA presented in the 1949 edition. Several new letters have been introduced. Long-legged ⟨ƞ⟩ and ⟨ɼ⟩ are obsolete, as are the click lettersʇ ʖ ʗ⟩, the lax vowels ⟨ɩ ɷ⟩ (modern ⟨ɪ ʊ⟩), and the ogonek for nasal ⟨ą ɔ̨ ə̨⟩.
Hover over the image to see modern printed letters. Click on any letter for a link to the corresponding article.


The following passage is from the 1912 handbook:

The North Wind and the Sun spoken in 'Northern English'

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