The abbreviation for the term International Phonetic Alphabet. It denotes a phonetic alphabet for writing language sounds that was devised by the International Phonetic Association.

1. Each symbol represents just one sound and each sound is represented by just one symbol.
2. It is designed to represent aspects of voice-oriented language, such as phonemes and intonation. An extended symbol set called the Extensions to the IPA is used to represent other kinds of speech sounds, such as tooth-gnashing and lisping.

Example -

The IPA chart for pulmonic consonants.
The IPA chart for pulmonic consonants.

For the complete IPA pronunciation chart, click here.

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