From: Kenneth Whistler (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Jan 07 2010 - 17:56:19 CST
Karl Pentzlin asked:
> I fail to identify the IPA symbols 677 (faucalized) and 678
> (labialized: open-rounded) in ine Unicode tables (see attached scan
> from p.190 of the "Handbook of the International Phonetic
> Association", Cambridge 1999 (reprint 2003), ISBN 0 521 63751 1).
Note that those are not IPA symbols per se, but are part
of Extended IPA, and more specifically a collection of symbols
defined by the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics
> I expected them to be
> MODIFIER LETTER CAPITAL H WITH STROKE
> MODIFIER LETTER SMALL LIGATURE OE
> but I did neither find them by these or related names, nor
> by looking at the glyphs in Latin, Phonetic and similar-named blocks.
> Did I overlook them, or are they in fact unencoded?
They are not encoded in Unicode as characters per se.
Note, however, that they can be represented simply by using
superscript forms of:
U+0126 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER H WITH STROKE
U+0153 LATIN SMALL LIGATURE OE
And that is in fact exactly how they are already represented, for
example, on the Extended IPA Wiki page:
Because Extended IPA involves a number of conventions that
are not necessarily amenable to plain text representation,
including ballooning of unvocalized text, parenthesized
diacritics, and subscripted italic expressions adopted
from musical notation, it isn't entirely obvious that
all symbols from Extended IPA (including these two) are
self-evident candidates for separate encoding as characters.
The case would need to be made -- and it would help if
the IPA and/or the ICPLA came knocking with a case to
be made regarding data representation, for which rich
text representations (i.e., using the superscripts of
existing characters) would not suffice.
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