The International Phonetic Alphabet Project







1pixel2.gif (807 bytes) English Phonetic Alphabet
Welcome to the English Phonetic Alphabet (EPA) website. This site was created by the English Department of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in collaboration with the Kennedy Library Multimedia Staff.

1pixel2.gif (807 bytes)Faculty: John Battenburg

Graduate Students:
Adrienne Baker
Brandon Beach
Richard Jackson
Amy Teter
Multimedia Support:
1pixel2.gif (807 bytes)Rob Laacke (animations)
1pixel2.gif (807 bytes)Judy Swanson
1pixel2.gif (807 bytes)Heather Brown
  David Whitaker (javascripts)

This site is intended for users interested in learning more about English phonetics. This site is organized into three areas: consonants,vowels and diphthongs. Each area contains an EPA chart for both sound areas. Clicking on a specific symbol within a chart will provide the following phonetic information:

  • Phonetic Description of the sound.
  • Recording of the sound spoken.
  • Recording of the sound spoken within a word.
  • Spectrograph Image of the sound and the word.
  • Animation of the oral cavity producing the sound.

We believe this site provides a useful and easy way to understand English phonetics.

In order to view some of the animations and sounds found in this web site you will need the following plugin. Real Audio is a free plugin available for both Windows and Macintosh systems. Get it by clicking on the button below.

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(last updated: 6/10/99)


All content and technology Copyright 1999, 2000 by John D. Battenburg and Judy Swanson, Cal Poly State University, SLO, and may not be used or reproduced without permission Comments or Questions?