[Action required] API changes announcement for existing customers

Note: This announcement applies to API customers that are registered to a Prototype and Developer plans.

Hello all!

We are writing to inform you that a new set of plans is replacing our current application plans (Prototype and Developer plans) and prices.

As of 10th May 2022, the Prototype and Developer plans will no longer be operational. Oxford Dictionaries API will offer two new plans:

- Introductory plan
- Unlimited plan

For Prototype and Developer plan customers, changes are happening between 12th April 2022 and 10th May 2022. So do not worry! You will have time to check the options and choose how you wish to proceed using our data by selecting the Introductory or Unlimited plan.

For further instructions on how to change plans, and for more information, please visit our new plans announcement page.

Link: https://developer.oxforddictionaries.com/new-plans-announcement

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave us a comment or reach us at our Contact Us page. (https://developer.oxforddictionaries.com/contact-us)

The Oxford dictionaries API team

Phonetic Notation

Hi- I have a question regarding pronunciation results. Particularly, the API returns the following for water. What is respell phonetic notation? I couldn't find any information on the API docs.

[{'dialects': ['American English'],
  'phoneticNotation': 'respell',
  'phoneticSpelling': 'ˈwôdər'},
 {'audioFile': 'https://audio.oxforddictionaries.com/en/mp3/water_us_1_rr.mp3',
  'dialects': ['American English'],
  'phoneticNotation': 'IPA',
  'phoneticSpelling': 'ˈwɔdər'},
 {'dialects': ['American English'],
  'phoneticNotation': 'respell',
  'phoneticSpelling': 'ˈwädər'},
 {'audioFile': 'https://audio.oxforddictionaries.com/en/mp3/water_us_2_rr.mp3',
  'dialects': ['American English'],
  'phoneticNotation': 'IPA',
  'phoneticSpelling': 'ˈwɑdər'}]

Thank you.



  • TaisFukushimaTaisFukushima Member, Administrator, Moderator admin
    edited April 2021

    Hello @deniz

    Sorry for the late response.

    I have checked with the product team. They have informed that the US spelling transcriptions can be expressed as ‘respell’ or ‘IPA’.

    IPA is a widely used system of phonetic transcription; ‘respell’ is a different form of transcription that is designed to be easier for readers who are not familiar with IPA to understand.

    Let me know if you have more questions :)

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