The phonetic alphabet can also be signaled with flags lights and morse code. Useful for spelling words and names over the phone.
I printed this page cut out the table containing the nato phonetic alphabet below and taped it to the side of my computer monitor when i was a call center help desk technician.
Phonetic alphabet letter g. The phonetic alphabet is a standard procedure for the transmission of difficult to pronounce words names or place names by spelling them. Over the phone or military radio. This alphabet is also used for car registration numbers grid references and other easily mis understood words.
The main purpose of the phonetic alphabet is to provide a clearer way of spelling out words or using any letters or numbers in general over a radio or other communications device. The 3rd century bc addition of the letter g to the roman alphabet is credited to spurius carvilius ruga. Each word code word stands for its initial letter alphabetical symbol.
The nato phonetic alphabet is a spelling alphabet used by airline pilots police members of the military and other officials when communicating over radio or telephone. The ipa is used by lexicographers foreign language students and teachers linguists speech language pathologists. The nato phonetic alphabet is a spelling alphabet a set of words used instead of letters in oral communication i e.
They are not a phonetic alphabet in the sense in which that term is used in phonetics i e. The allied military phonetic spelling alphabets prescribe the words that are used to represent each letter of the alphabet when spelling other words out loud letter by letter and how the spelling words should be pronounced. The nato phonetic alphabet is the most widely used radiotelephone spelling alphabet it is officially the international radiotelephony spelling alphabet and also commonly known as the icao phonetic alphabet with a variation officially known as the itu phonetic alphabet and figure code the international civil aviation organization icao assigned codewords acrophonically to the letters of the.
The importance of this universal code cannot be overstressed. Each letter in the phonetic alphabet is actually a word beginning with that letter. They are not a system for transcribing speech sounds.
The phonetic alphabet is a special alphabet used by the us army and other military branches. 4 george hempl proposed in 1899 that there never was such a space in the alphabet and that in fact g was a direct descendant of zeta. The purpose of the phonetic alphabet is to ensure that letters are clearly understood even when speech is distorted or hard to hear.
The 26 code words in the nato phonetic alphabet are assigned to the 26 letters of the. The international phonetic alphabet ipa is an alphabetic system of phonetic notation based primarily on the latin alphabet it was devised by the international phonetic association in the late 19th century as a standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language. The phonetic alphabet is a list of words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio telephone and encrypted messages.