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Kirshenbaum [ ˈkɝːʃn̩ˌbaʊm ] is a phonetic alphabet that can be used to represent the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) using 7-bit ASCII code. It was developed in 1991 by a group around Evan Kirshenbaum for use on Usenet , especially in the newsgroups sci.lang and alt.usage.english .

The SAMPA developed a few years earlier , especially its further development X-SAMPA , is better known today than Kirshenbaum. Due to the steadily increasing use of Unicode , on which the IPA is dependent, the importance of Kirshenbaum fades into the background.

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