From: Thomas M. Widmann (email@example.com)
Date: Sun May 25 2003 - 11:02:18 EDT
"Chris Jacobs" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> From: "Andrew C. West" <email@example.com>
> > Can someone advise me how to represent a null consonant in phonetic
> > notation using Unicode ?
> > I have seen a null consonant initial or final variously
> > represented as a circle, a slashed circle, a zero or a slashed
> > zero in printed sources, but am not sure what the correct form of
> > the glyph is, or how it should be encoded in Unicode.
> > Neither my copy of the "Principles of the International Phonetic
> > Association" or the IPA web site
> > (http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/IPA/ipa.html) seem to be of any help.
> The Unicode Standard Version 3.0 p165 says:
> "Unifications. The IPA symbols are unified as much as possible with other
> letters, albeit not with nonletter symbols like U+222B ∫ INTEGRAL".
> So, if you don't find it in the IPA block you should look not for a slashed
> circle or slashed zero, but for a slashed letter o.
> And indeed, if we look at U+00F8 LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH STROKE ø, the
> book says that it is used in Danish, Norwegian, Faroese, and IPA
But that is the symbol for a front rounded vowel in IPA and not at all
for a null symbol (I think the 'consonant' part is misleading here).
I'm not sure what the right Unicode symbol is, but my best guess is
U+2205 EMPTY SET ('∅').
-- Thomas Widmann, MA +44 141 419 9872 Glasgow, Scotland, EU firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.widmann.uklinux.net
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