Handbook of the International Phonetic Association
The Association have edited the Handbook
of the International Phonetic Association: A guide to the use of the
International Phonetic Alphabet', published by Cambridge University Press (1999). It replaces
the booklet, 'The Principles of the International Phonetic Association'
It is available in hardback,
and eBook editions.
Running to over 200 pages, it contains ten chapters discussing and exemplifying
the use of IPA in linguistic analysis. These are then followed by 29 language
illustrations of the use of IPA.
Five Appendices include a statement of the Association's Principles,
complete tables of computer coding conventions for IPA symbols and Extended
IPA symbols, and charts of the International Phonetic Alphabet, IPA Numbers,
and Extended IPA characters. See below for further details.
The basics of phonetic analysis are presented so that the principles
underlying the Alphabet can be readily understood. Examples are given
of the use of each of the phonetic symbols.
The application of the Alphabet is extensively demonstrated by the inclusion
of 29 'Illustrations' - concise analyses of the sound systems of languages,
accompanied by a phonetic transcription of a passage of speech. These
Illustrations cover languages from all over the world.
In addition, audio files to accompany the language Illustrations may
be downloaded from the Handbook's website
hosted by the University of Victoria, Canada.
The Handbook includes a range of other useful information. The 'Extensions'
to the International Phonetic Alphabet (ExtIPA) cover speech sounds beyond
the sound systems of languages, such as those with paralinguistic functions
and those encountered in pathological speech.
A full listing is given of internationally agreed computer codings for
phonetic symbols, including not only those of the International Phonetic
Alphabet but also those of other traditions.
There is extensive information on the history of the International Phonetic
Association and on its current activities.
The Handbook is an essential reference work for all those involved in
the analysis of speech.