From: "Lars Henrik Mathiesen" <[log in to unmask]> > Now that you mention it... I'm working on a list of correspondences > between X-SAMPA codes and Unicode characters right now, and I'm a > little puzzled by the tones and contours part of the IPA chart. > > The basic question is about the contour marks (vertical bars with > strokes to the left). Do they go before or after the voiced sound > during which they occur? (From the example of glottalization marked by > preposed /?/, I'm guessing that it's before). Whenever I've seen those signs being used, it's been on a separate line from the rest of the IPA transcription. e.g. http://personal.southern.edu/~alrivera/conversation.jpg Of course I should probably mention that at the moment I can't remember having seen them used anywhere *other* than here, so... *Muke!