I was wondering if there was a good IPA-to-sound converter available somewhere, whether online or as a download. Just something where I can type "ˌfoʊnəˈtɪʃən" and get some semi-reasonable approximation of the word.
I know of systems (e.g., MBROLA) that let you control output with very fine controls (number of milliseconds, pitch, and all that) but this is more than I'm looking for -- I want something that is simple to use. (In a pinch maybe I could use such a system if I wrote a conversion layer first, but that seems like something that has probably already been done better.)
I know ofhttp://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php
which can be used the way I want by typing something like
<phoneme alphabet="ipa" ph="ˌfoʊnəˈtɪʃən"> </phoneme>
but it's pretty flaky -- I had to try this one four times to make it work. (Also, I suspect it will fail with some of the more interesting sounds, but I'll take what I can get in that regard; even a system that only does basic English and Romance sounds would be useful to me.)
And yes, I know of Paul Meier's IPA chart
, but since that doesn't let you string sounds together it wouldn't be useful for me.
Bonus points for a system that lets you pass a string in a URL (or in a HTTP POST variable). Further bonus points for a system with liberal licensing.