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The association have edited the handbook of the international phonetic association a guide to the use of the international phonetic alphabet published by cambridge university press 1999 it replaces the booklet the principles of the international phonetic association london 1949 it is available in hardback paperback and ebook editions. Handbook of the international phonetic association a guide to the use of the international phonetic alphabet 1999. The handbook is in three parts part i contains an introduction to phonetic description and exemplification of the use of phonetic symbols part ii consists of twenty nine illustrations of the application of the international phonetic alphabet to a range of languages and part iii covers speech pathology computer codings and the history of the ipa. This guide contains concise information on the international phonetic alphabet a universally agreed system of notation in use for over a century for the sounds of languages and guidance on how to use it the handbook replaces the previous edition. The handbook presents the basics of phonetic analysis so that the principles underlying the alphabet can be readily understood and gives examples of the use of each of the phonetic symbols the application of the alphabet is then demonstrated in nearly 30 illustrations concise analyses of the sound systems of a range of languages each of them accompanied by a phonetic transcription of a