# The near-close, near-front unrounded vowel symbol

I'm trying to get the near-close near-front unrounded vowel symbol into LaTeX (in the context of a dictionary-style definition). It looks like " i " but without the dot.

The closest I've got is \textsc{i}, which as you probably know is not right.

Use the tipa package for phonetic symbols.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tipa}
\begin{document}
\textipa{I}
\end{document}


If you want an i without the dot, use \i:

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\i
\end{document}


Search for its unicode, check the fonts which support it (or look, if it already exists on your machine), and include it with \symbol{} of the package fontspec.

This requires Xe- or LuaLaTeX:

% arara: lualatex

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{Linux Libertine O}

\begin{document}
\symbol{"026A}
\end{document}


• @Shaun, you can use this solution without needing to use \symbol if you have a Unicode-enabled TeX editor (most are these days). You can just input ɪ directly in the editor, using an IPA keyboard or copy-and-pasting from an online IPA picker. This way you can easily write something like /ðɪs ɪz ə sɛntɨnts/ without using any LaTeX commands. – Jason Zentz Nov 12 '14 at 16:21

I think you're looking for \textsci in the tipa package.

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{tipa}
\begin{document}
I \textsc{i} \textsci
\end{document}


• \textsci is the same as \textipa{I}. The tipa package defines (all?) symbols in two ways: (1) Using shortcut characters in IPA environments (\textipa{...}), (2) Using longer macros in text environments (e.g. \textsci). – Sverre Nov 11 '14 at 14:34