I read a electric dictionary in which the phonetic symbol are descirbed in the weird form. For example:

/ E5fB:(r); E`fBr/

which kind of phonetic symbol is it? Is there a full mapping list to normal phonetic symbol?

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    I would guess that they're using a non Unicode IPA font, so now it just looks like random letters.
    – curiousdannii
    Jan 16, 2016 at 15:01
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    It looks like a machine-readable ASCII transcoding of IPA in which E=ə, B=ɑ and 5 or ` is a stress indicator. Anybody recognize it? Jan 16, 2016 at 16:25

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I found a copy of the PDF available for download by selecting the Download tab and passing the CAPTCHA.

It's probably a widely pirated English lesson from koolearn, which other websites copied and pasted without taking care of the IPA symbols.

The following is the full mapping. There are other symbols between brackets but they appear as is in the PDF, not mapped by the braindead font.

5   ˈ
7   ˌ
9   ˌ
:   ː
?@  US
A   æ
B   ɑ
C   ɔ
E   ə
F   ʃ
I   ɪ
J   ʊ
L   ɚ
N   ŋ
Q   ʌ
R   ɔ
T   ð
U   u
V   ʒ
W   θ
Z   ɛ
\   ɜ
^   ɡ

Searching for the text, I found this Web page. Here's a screenshot:


The document refers OED, and here's OED's page for afar:

Pronunciation: /əˈfɑː/

So, it just seems that cshu.org has incorrectly imported phonetic representation from electronic version of OED.

Case closed. :)

  • This ASCII coding also appears in a Korean source which seems to be drawn from OALD - see [en.eywedu.net/tools/zw3], located by DamkerngT on ELU. But I don't think the case is quite "closed"; OP also asks for a "full mapping list". Jan 16, 2016 at 17:38

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