There is a blind professor of Linguistics
at Rice University, in an earlier message on this thread I put
a reference to a paper of his about updating the Braille codes
for modern phonetic alphabit and there was also a link in that
paper with information on how he extended JAWS to support IPA.
Sofar as I can tell nobody who has commented on the thread
since, has looked at this paper.
Certainly, it is mostly a matter of
ensuring proper support of the UNICODE characters related to
the IPA and ensuring that the materials you are looking at are
encoded in UNICODE rather than an older style of coding. If
nothing else, have you attempted to reach out to the professor
If you want my serious recommendation it
would be to have a sit-down with your department head, and any
other faculty in your program, and ask them their opinion as
to a path through a linguistics degree, particularly an
advanced one, without phonetic transcription being a big part
I have to believe there is a path through, though I would
imagine it would involve a specifically designed undergraduate
path as well as a clear idea as to what your graduate focus
will be and that it not involve phonetics (transcription
directly, not an understanding of, which of course you'll
They are in a far better place to give you informed opinion,
and the direct assistance with program design that you'll
need, than I can. There's nothing wrong with reasonable
accommodations in academic pursuit, particularly if your
desired area of specialty does not rely on an area of study
that's not essential to it in any meaningful sense.
Brian - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1809,
A great deal of
intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need
for illusion is deep.
Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back