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The Phonicon is an electronic encyclopedia of the speech sounds or phones of the world’s languages, and ways those sounds are described and analyzed. Developed jointly by Dr. M. Stanley Whitley & Bakhit Kourman, and produced & published by SIL International.
This product runs on Microsoft Windows 7 and Vista 32-bit, XP, 2000. It has not been tested on 64-bit computers. Requires administrator privileges to install IPA fonts.
It is useful for all who work with languages:
The Readings section provides extended articles reviewing basic notions of phonetics and phonology.