There’s a phoneme [pau], in addition to the other “common phonemes”.
Common phonemes: [cl] = glottal stop , [br] = breath , [sil] = silence
[pau] functions in every language, just like any of those 3. If you put it by itself (or surrounded by [sil]) it makes no sound at all. however if you replace [sil] with [cl] or [br], it will make a sound. I think that’s interesting because that indicates a differing functionality from [sil].
“pau” is probably short for pause, right? So I’ve tried using it for words with a pause in the middle, that kind of thing. I think it might be good for putting in place of really short gaps between notes, but I don’t think it sounds any better than using [cl] , [sil], or even a short [br]. Maybe it’s meant for something else?
Anyone find any other mystery phonemes? If I remember correctly, in earlier versions of the program, you could append a number to (seemingly) any phoneme to get an alternate recording of that sound subbed in. I think it only worked on standard voicebanks, but I’m not sure. The only reason I tried it was because I used to use moresampler & arpasing, and wanted to see if the same functionality existed in Synth-V. I found some pretty funny sounds by trial and error a while back.
(I checked and it seems like you can still put a number at the end of every phoneme, but it seems to always sound like silence despite changing the appearance of the waveform below the note as well as appearing as a phoneme would within that waveform graphic)
I just remembered about [pau] today when looking at the wikipedia page for ARPABET, and noticed that PAU is listed in the table for TIMIT there. That made me try inputting some of the other phonemes/stresses/symbols listed on the page, but besides [pau] I haven’t found any more than what is listed here
Anyone find anything else like this?