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The English word "our" in Vocaloidese
Dec 20 2011
Forum Posts: 98
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Dec 15 2006

How would people hear program that?


It is a basic enough word that it should be in the default dictionary, but it does not seem to be there.


When typed in the Lyrics window, vocaloid could not handle it at all, but just had two syllables with the default oo (u:) sound.

It is interesting that it takes up two syllables, however. For in a way it is two separate syllables– ow and er. (Or in vocaloidese- aU and @r ) Perhaps that is why Vocaloid thinks it takes up two syllables, although it didn't get the phonemes. However, the word is usually not sung as two syllables, but elided together as one.

Same thing for the word “hour”, which is pronounced exactly the same.

Considering those are two very common English words, one would think that Vocaloid would have a phoneme symbol for that combination, as it has other combinations with the letter “r” at the end.

In fact, there is a phoneme in the reference guide that looks similar, for the word pour, O@. However, although the underlined letters spell the word “our”, in the word “pour” they have a very different pronunciation than in “our” or “hour”. (“Pour”  is clearly one syllable, but “our” and “hour” sound like two, more like “power”, except said or sung faster, with the two syllables usually joined together as one.


Anyhow, sorry for the long-winded explanation, but how do people here write the English word “our” in Vocaloid phonemics?


And if any Vocaloid developers are listening, that word should really be included in the English Vocaloid default dictionary.


Thanks in advance.


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