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10.4.8: Apple still hasn't fixed IPA pronunciations
Authored by: Moofisto on Dec 22, '06 08:40:10PM

The IPA pronunciations are still wrong even though it appears Apple just has to switch a few characters, while minding their own additions.

While the "ø" thing affects the US IPA pronunciations, the stress mark reversal affects both the US and British IPA settings. The US Diacritical (default) is shown correctly.

I want to thank nohat for the fix and filing the bug reports, even as Apple doesn't seem to have time to fix it for Americans who use IPA. I wonder if all the stress marks are wrong by default for British OS X users.

I set my Dictionary.app to use US IPA because I wanted to learn IPA and follow Wikipedia pronunciations.

I noticed the use of "ø" in place of /æ/ right away. I was pissed at the Oxford University Press for using a separate IPA variant for Americans, as if we really needed more pronunciation keys. Since OUP already uses "a" for /æ/ , as you can see with Dictionary.app by switching to British IPA, I thought they also were using "ø" in a weird way. I don't see why they would use "ø" for /æ/ as /ø/ is nowhere close to that sound: it's the difference between the vowel sounds of "cat" and "bird".

To see the various pronunciations of a word in Dictionary.app, besides changing the preference setting, you may have to lookup the word again --but with an extra space or two in a query-- to get it to reload the definition and pronunciation.

@Cobbes, Dictionary.wdgt accesses the same dataset and pronunciation preference as Dictionary.app.



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