The Standard of Speech Sounds-On a Reform for International Phonetic Alphabet

Hans Gua


Elements and structures of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) are imperfect and far from the standard. The IPA is too complex to learn and use directly for the most people. Few linguists can master the current IPA completely. The fatal shortcomings are that phonemes or symbols are too many, but syllables aren’t defined or counted in the IPA. The standard speech sounds or new IPA will be made according to the information theory. There are not only phonemes, but also syllables in the new IPA. The standard phonemes and syllables are the best codes of human speech sounds. The broad transcriptions are the standard sounds in the new IPA. The standard sounds and new IPA must become a production which can be learned and used by the global citizens directly and frequently. 

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