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I'm writing a small article that includes a section about Greek, Arabic and Hebrew phonetic alphabet and sounds.

After reading this, this and this, it's a bit blurry on what the best practice is to add phonetic alphabet and sounds to a LaTeX document? That is, a solution that provides the phonetic symbols, markers, layout etc., but also how to mark/highlight each sound (e.g. /l/) in the text (rather than typing in forward slash and including a character that represents a sound).

Packages like tipa, fontspec, newunicodechar, polyglossia are (maybe) part of the answer, but which (combination/approach) is best practice?

Typesetting using XeLaTeX, document class memoir and with packages polyglossia.

  • Interesting question, although it is a bit broad and opinion-based at the moment. I would suggest that you start with tipa, write a small document with a sentence or two where you want to add phonetic symbols, markers, layout, then add as much of the phonetic information as you can using tipa and other methods that you might think of, then ask how you can add the missing elements and/or how you can improve the input of the elements that you have using concrete examples. – Marijn Jul 23 '19 at 13:30
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    Welcome to TeX.SE! You have several questions posed here, some of which are really duplicates. To summarize what I've said in my answers to the questions you linked to: what I consider best practice is to enter Unicode phonetic symbols directly into the .tex code (using an IPA keyboard overly or an online IPA picker), load a system font that has your symbols using fontspec, and compile with XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX. I always recommend against using tipa unless there's a compelling reason to use it. – Jason Zentz Jul 29 '19 at 15:13
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    The subquestion that is not a duplicate as far as I know is how to create a macro for the slashes that surround phonemic transcriptions. It's not hard to do, but if that's what you're interested in, it would be best for you to edit your question to focus on that, and include a Minimal Working Example that could be adapted by someone answering the question to show you how to add the macro. – Jason Zentz Jul 29 '19 at 15:18

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