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International Phonetic Alphabet

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noun
  1. the set of symbols and modifiers designed, principally on the basis of articulatory considerations, to provide a consistent and universally understood system for transcribing the speech sounds of any language: devised by the International Phonetic Association. Abbreviation: IPA, I.P.A.
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Origin of International Phonetic Alphabet

First recorded in 1895–1900
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International Phonetic Alphabet

noun
  1. a series of signs and letters propagated by the Association Phonétique Internationale for the representation of human speech sounds. It is based on the Roman alphabet but supplemented by modified signs or symbols from other writing systems, and is usually employed in its revised form of 1951Abbreviation: IPA
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