From: Philippe Verdy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun May 25 2003 - 12:33:51 EDT
From: "Chris Jacobs" <email@example.com>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Andrew C. West" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2003 1:18 PM
> Subject: IPA Null Consonant
> > 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.
> > Andrew
> 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
Note that some French dictionnaries use the small letter o with stroke to designate the "eu" sound like in the french plural word "oeux" (normally written with a ligature, meaning "eggs") or "heureux" (meaning happy), or the same sound as the German letter ö in "Österreich" (Austria).
This is clearly a vowel sign for most readers, so I don't think this letter could be safely used as a "null consonnant". Couldn't it be instead an apostrophe, or the bottom part of a square box (used in technical symbols to replace a blank by a visible glyph) ?
If you really want to use some similar form, I think that a small and centered black bullet with a long overriding stroke would be good to the confusion with the empty symbol...
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