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.
You could use XeTeX with a OpenType font which includes phonetic symbols. Example:
\font\sil="Charis SIL" \sil ['tiːaıpıːeı 'taıpfeısız] \bye
xetex yourfilename.tex (produces
I didn't realise that the font from that package could be used in plain TeX too (like