searching for words using IPA as input?

I have a list of words written out in IPA and would like to use this API to check if they correspond to real English words (lemmatron can do this with regular orthography). I know the OED has pronunciations in IPA, but I am not sure if it is possible for me to use the pronunciation as input for a search.


  • AmosDuveenAmosDuveen Member, Administrator, Moderator admin

    Hi @vannawillerton,

    Unfortunately, the systems we have in place for ODAPI only let you interrogate the headword, not the IPA (or anything else).

    We can license you a bulk XML dataset which you could then interrogate in any way you choose but that comes at a cost; alternatively, if you are doing research at an accredited institution, we may be able license the bulk data out on non-commercial terms. Either way, you should email us at [email protected] to take the conversation further.

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