Re: Why incomplete subscript/superscript alphabet ?

From: Julian Bradfield <>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:52:54 +0100 (BST)

On 2016-10-10, Philippe Verdy <> wrote:
> Not relevant! Here were'e not speaking about punctuation between words, but
> inclusion within words in phonetic trancrtiptions where even word
> separation is not always relevant and punctuation us almost absent.
> There's no case in Spanish with "¡" in the middle of a word. But here we're
> speaking about noting a consonant within words where vowels can also be
> expected in phonetic transcriptions. And there the confusion with a
> following voiwel i is very likely. On the opposite, IPA symbols are
> carefully chosen to avoid visual confusions (and that's why they only exist
> in a single lettercase).

<i> and <¡> are less confusable than <l> and <ɪ>,
especially in a sanserif font. In both cases, the main visual cue is
a descender/ascender in one letter than isn't in the other.

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