Journal of the International Phonetic Association

Illustrations of the IPA


Adriana Hanulíkováa1 and Silke Hamanna2

a1 Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

a2 Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

Slovak (sometimes also called Slovakian) is an Indo-European language belonging to the West-Slavic branch, and is most closely related to Czech. Slovak is spoken as a native language by 4.6 million speakers in Slovakia (that is by roughly 85% of the population), and by over two million Slovaks living abroad, most of them in the USA, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Canada and Great Britain (Office for Slovaks Living Abroad 2009).