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Handbook of the IPA: Sound Recordings

The audio files to accompany the language Illustrations in Part 2 of the Handbook of the IPA may be downloaded from the Editor’s web site at the University of Victoria. Click here.

The site consists of a large set of .WAV files organized into folders according to language, a few text files containing revisions and additions to some of the Illustrations, graphics files of IPA charts for printing, and an explanation of the site.

The language folders may be downloaded individually or as a single "IPA Handbook" folder whose size is approximately 93MB.

The .WAV files in each language folder are arranged according to the headings of each Illustration in the book and are named according to the English gloss of each item.

Once downloaded, the files can be stored on individual computers and accessed as a database for playback. In this format, it is necessary to use the print version of the Handbook as a guide to the items in the audio database.

JIPA Illustrations of the IPA: Sound Recordings

Audio files of the recorded material accompanying language Illustrations published in the Journal of the International Phonetic Association since 1998 (after the publication of the Handbook) may be downloaded from the following privileged-access website. This website is available only to current IPA members.


If you are a current member of the Association, you can contact the Secretary to obtain a username and a password. A cumulative list of all these language Illustrations is published in the Journal each year. The most recent is "Illustrations of the IPA published in JIPA 1998-2013". Alternatively, Ken Olson maintains a cumulative list on his website.

Audio Cassette and CD of Sounds

An audio cassette and CD of IPA Sounds are published on behalf of the International Phonetic Association by the Department of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, UCL. They are available via the following URL -


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