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This phoneset developed at CSTR a number of years ago is for Southern UK English (RP, "received pronunciation"). Its definition is in festival/lib/mrpa_phones.scm.
pUll, fOOt, bOOk
bIte, mIght, lIke
AIR, bARE, chAIR
About, arlAs, equipmEnt
Camera, jaCK, Kill
Zero, quiZ, boyS
In addition to the phone sthemselves the nonsense word generated by the diphone schema also have some other notations to denote different type of phone.
The use of - (hyphen) in the nonsense word itself is used to denot
an explicit syllable boundary. Thus
pau t aa n - k aa pau
is used to state that the word should be pronounced as
tank ah. Where no explicit syllable boundary
is given the pronunciation should be pronounce naturally without
any boundary (which is probably too underspecified in some cases).
The use of _ (underscore) in phone names is used to denote
consonant clusters. That is
t_-_r is the /tr/ as found
trip not that in