Pseudo-IPA characters for Russian

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Tue Jan 20 2004 - 14:04:35 EST

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    In "A Comprehensive Russian Grammar" by Terence Wade (2nd edition,
    Blackwell 2000), one of the best respected descriptions of Russian,
    there is a list of "symbols from the IPA... used... for the phonetic
    transcription of Russian words" (p.2). I was surprised to find that many
    of these symbols are not in Unicode, perhaps for the good reason that
    they are not actually in IPA, as officially described in

    Most of the missing symbols are for palatalised consonants, and consist
    of a base character (any of pbtdkgfvszxmnlr - g should actually be
    U+0261) with a left-pointing hook on their right-hand side. This is
    presumably U+0321, and so these characters can in principle be formed by
    combination with this hook. This is described in the charts as well as
    IPA, but apparently it isn't. Can anyone clarify?

    The palatalised forms of g and v look more as if they have an attached
    comma, below v and to the right of g, but presumably this is a font issue.

    There is also a character which looks like U+0269 with a bar. I suppose
    the bar could be U+0335, but is that the right way to represent this
    character? This is intended as a relaxed variant of U+0268, so possibly
    should be written U+026A U+0308.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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