pronunciations for "Tear" obtained from Entries endpoint

laramanlaraman Member
edited October 22 in General

Dear Admins,

I see the pronunciations of word "Tear" obtained from Entries endpoint is in the entries: array while for other words it is found in the same level (sibling) with lexicalCategory.
Let's see the word "bank" and its first lexicalEntries section obtained from:

https://od-api.oxforddictionaries.com/api/v2/entries/en-us/bank

result:

entries: [
{
etymologies: [
"Middle English: from Old Norse bakki, of Germanic origin; related to bench. The senses ‘set of things in rows’ and ‘tier of oars’ are from French banc, of the same ultimate origin"
],
homographNumber: "100",
senses: []
}
],
language: "en-us",
lexicalCategory: {
id: "noun",
text: "Noun"
},
pronunciations: [
{
dialects: [
"American English"
],
phoneticNotation: "respell",
phoneticSpelling: "baNGk"
},
{
audioFile: "http://audio.oxforddictionaries.com/en/mp3/bank_us_1.mp3",
dialects: [
"American English"
],
phoneticNotation: "IPA",
phoneticSpelling: "bæŋk"
}
],
text: "bank"

You can see pronunciations: section.

While for word "Tear" you have to go one layer deeper inside entries: section to find the pronunciations!

entries: [
{
etymologies: [
"Old English teran, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch teren and German zehren, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek derein‘flay’. The noun dates from the early 17th century"
],
homographNumber: "100",
pronunciations: [
{
dialects: [
"American English"
],
phoneticNotation: "respell",
phoneticSpelling: "ter"
},
{
audioFile: "http://audio.oxforddictionaries.com/en/mp3/tear_us_1.mp3",
dialects: [
"American English"
],
phoneticNotation: "IPA",
phoneticSpelling: "tɛr"
}
],
senses: []
}
],
language: "en-us",
lexicalCategory: {
id: "verb",
text: "Verb"
},
text: "tear"

As you see pronunciations and senses sections are siblings.

And also for word "offense" you will find pronunciations section in different places:

One besides the lexicalCategory: section with this sound:

http://audio.oxforddictionaries.com/en/mp3/offense_us_1.mp3

and the other sounds are found in layers even more deeper than for "Tear".

inside lexicalEntries:/entries:/senses:/ the third item of senses includes:

http://audio.oxforddictionaries.com/en/mp3/offense_us_1.mp3

and

http://audio.oxforddictionaries.com/en/mp3/offense_us_2.mp3

I would be so thankful if you describe this discrepancy.

Kind Regards,

Comments

  • TaisFukushimaTaisFukushima Member, Administrator, Moderator admin

    Hello @laraman

    In this case, it is because all banks sound the same, whereas if you shed a tear because there is a tear in your favourite shirt, (or if you tear up because you have to tear down your favourite poster), the words sound different.

    When we format an entry and the values of a given property (e.g. pronunciation) are identical across all children at a given level (entry/morphunit/sense), then that property is "promoted" to the containing element.

    We hope it helps

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