# IPA characters in plain TeX

Is there a way to type IPA characters in TeX? There is the tipa package for LaTeX, but what about plain TeX? I don't have any experience with installing fonts in TeX and can't find any good resource on it.

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You could use XeTeX with a OpenType font which includes phonetic symbols. Example:

\font\sil="Charis SIL"
\sil
['tiːaıpıːeı 'taıpfeısız]
\bye

Compile with xetex yourfilename.tex (produces yourfilename.pdf)

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Thanks, I guess that would work, but I don't really want to use XeTeX (I use macros that need pdfTeX)... Anyway, solved. –  ondra.cifka May 30 '11 at 13:11