Funny characters

   these characters are ʃɛɛn ɛɑʃɪlʏ (seen easily)
   you're set.
Else If
   you see questions marks, boxes or dingbats,
   read on.
   ίτ'ς αιι ςгεεκ το щε

The dictionary uses some IPA characters in the history and pronunciation chapters. In the old days we would represent characters like schwa (it looks like a letter e rotated 180 degrees) with a small graphic , or some conventional ASCII character like @. Now with Unicode, we have codes for all the characters, including \u0259 for schwa ə. However, your system needs an actual IPA font installed for you to actually see these characters.

There are many IPA fonts, but each page has to invoke them specifically. I use SILDoulosUnicodeIPA because it works on Unix, Mac and other systems, and is freely available from the SIL site.

When the SIL font is properly installed, the last row of the table shows IPA characters. The default row shows what you see if nothing is installed. (I also test the Lucida Sans Unicode font, which seems to appear on newer systems.)

vowel ah oh or uh eh ur ee ih l th ö sh u uh ü zh !
default ɑ ɒ ɔ ə ɛ ɜ ɩ ɪ ɫ ɵ ɶ ʃ ʊ ʌ ʏ ʒ ʔ
Lucida Sans Unicode ɑ ɒ ɔ ə ɛ ɜ ɩ ɪ ɫ ɵ ɶ ʃ ʊ ʌ ʏ ʒ ʔ
SILDoulosUnicodeIPA ɑ ɒ ɔ ə ɛ ɜ ɩ ɪ ɫ ɵ ɶ ʃ ʊ ʌ ʏ ʒ ʔ

Last updated 31 December 1969 © Jeremy Smith 2017
number character unicode hex code
65 the letter A A A
596 the 'or' vowel ɔ ɔ
601 schwa ə ə
949 eta ε ε
968 Greek chi ψ ψ
135 double dagger
8225 double dagger
8531 fractions ¾
65532 boxed obj