From: Peter Kirk (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Jan 20 2004 - 14:04:35 EST
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (personal) email@example.com (work) http://www.qaya.org/
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