# 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

I didn't realise that the font from that package could be used in plain TeX too (like `\font\ipafont=tipa12`).

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You'll need also some macros for getting at the symbols, if you don't want to consult every time the font table. It's possible, by looking at `t3enc.def` and modifying it to make it compatible with Plain. – egreg May 30 '11 at 14:40
Actually, I hardly needed to consult the font table -- the font pretty much follows SAMPA. Thanks anyway. – ondra.cifka Jun 28 '11 at 15:54