Why does MPEG-4 TTS interface use IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) as its standard representation for phoneme symbols?

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Why does MPEG-4 TTS interface use IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) as its standard representation for phoneme symbols?

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Because there are a lot of different languages in our world, no single language’s phoneme symbols can cover all possible human speech sounds. The only available method to represent all various phonemes in this world is to use IPA.

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