International Phonetic Alaphabet fonts

aschmidt's picture

hi! (first post.) I'm typesetting my friend's linguistics masters thesis; does someone know, are the SIL series the best IPA fonts available? (they're free from:
http://www.sil.org/computing/fonts/encore-ipa.html); also, i'm always wondering how to pronounce the name tschichold properly, can someone who knows try to phoneticize it for me (ok yes my last name is schmidt, but still, ich spreche nicht Deutsches)?

hrant's picture

I'm not into IPA fonts, but SIL in general has a very good reputation.

BTW, even though Tschichold did live in Switzerland, I don't think there's any cheese in his name.

hhp

capthaddock's picture

If Tschichold is a German name, it should be anglicized as "chick-kolt"; if you can, pronounce the second "ch" like the one in "loch" instead of like a "k" (not all English speakers can do this).

(Ich kann ein bi

nike's picture

Paul, your

aschmidt's picture

ok thank you! i'll practice: ) answering the other question, the 3 SIL fonts are available for free minus the upper case and punctuation, the full "encore" system with "extras" is also available from SIL; Stone Sans from Adobe also contains many linguistic symbols, and for screen, Lucida Sans Unicode.

rcapeto's picture

Hrant, I see that your post just above was
your number 1500. It seems that you should
pay champagne for everyone.

hrant's picture

I'm a binaryboy, so remind me when it's 2048, and I'll buy each
Typophile member a jeroboam of Veuve Clicquot Reserve Virtuel even!

hhp

Hildebrant's picture

hey... Im keeping you to that one sir. :-)

j_hisekaldma's picture

In response to the first question, no the SIL series are certainly not the best typefaces out there with IPA characters. For body text, a far better typeface than those Times and Courier clones would be the amazing Gentium, which, coincidentally, is also free. For heads and facts etc, there is as mentioned Lucida Sans Unicode, which comes bundled with Windows and possibly other Microsoft products, and which works just as well in print as on screen.

hrant's picture

Gentium is indeed stratospheric.
But check out where Victor Gaultney works...

hhp

j_hisekaldma's picture

Yep. They oughta put him to use.

Jared Benson's picture

Please see http://www.typophile.com/forums/messages/30/675.html

"/chees-ald/ stress the first syllable. "

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