(Answers at the bottom of this page)
The sounds of the IPA
An audio cassette or CD now available
Listen to a demonstration of ALL the sounds on the current IPA
Chart! The Sounds of the IPA is now
available on audio cassette or compact disk. On it you can hear just what every symbol on the
The sounds are presented in the exact order in which they are
shown on the current Chart. They are spoken by John Wells, Professor of Phonetics at University College London and
former Secretary of the IPA, and Jill House, Senior Lecturer
in Phonetics at UCL.
View the script. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader: free download here .
The cassette and CD are published on behalf of the International
Phonetic Association by the Department of Phonetics and
Linguistics, University College London. The cassette and CD are both available through the Department's on-line shop: for further details and information on how to order please visit THE SHOP.
Reduced prices are available for bulk purchases (5 and upwards). Contact us for details. The contents are copyright: it is not permitted to make and sell copies, although institutions such as language laboratories may make a limited number of copies for in-house use.
Both are laterals: the first is a voiceless fricative, the second a voiced velarized approximant. Hear them on the tape.
You can hear it in Hindi, in Norwegian, and ... on the tape.
Both are back and unrounded, close-mid and close respectively. Get a Vietnamese speaker to demonstrate, or ... listen to the tape.
Phonetics & Linguistics,
University College London,
Gower St., London WC1E 6BT,
and Wolfson House, 4 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HE.
International Phonetic Association
Browse graphics of the IPA Chart
last revised 2004 December 22