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WorldBet is an ASCII encoding of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) with additional symbols. One of its aims is to provide more non-English symbols, such as clicks, than earlier ASCII-mappings do (Kirshenbaum, X-SAMPA).

It is compiled and developed by James L. Hieronymus at AT&T Bell Laboratories.[1] It was considered like X-SAMPA as an alternative to IPA in drafts of the Speech Synthesis Markup Language[2] and VoiceXML.[3] Worldbet is used in the CSLU Toolkit.[4]


  1. ^ James L. Hieronymus. ASCII Phonetic Symbols for the World's Languages: Worldbet.
  2. ^ Speech Synthesis Markup Language Specification for the Speech Interface Framework, W3C Working Draft 3 January 2001
  3. ^ Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) Version 2.0 W3C Working Draft, 23 October 2001
  4. ^ Generic List Object, CSLU Toolkit 2.0 documentation

External links

  • (in Spanish) Símbolos de Worldbet utilizados en la transcripción del español

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