Is there any way to get breaks between words in a sentence written using IPA?

I have the following IPA sentence:

/gaɦi ʃammer gan manuʃer tʃee naɦi kitʃʰu bɔɽɔ naɦi kitʃʰu mɔɦian/

Now, when i play it using amazon polly SSML, the voice goes through the sentence way too fast.

I was wondering whether there is a way to put punctuation or break in between words.

  • Most voice synthesizers should have an option for that, shouldn't they?
    – Draconis
    Dec 19, 2017 at 5:39
  • Not IPA, but within Amazon Polly you can use the <break> and <prosody> tags. Dec 21, 2017 at 14:18

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A double vertical bar is often used in transcriptions to indicate a major intonational phrase boundary, and a single one to indicate a minor one.

  • /stɒp ‖ bɪfɔ: sʌmwʌŋ geʔs hɜ:t/
  • How do you make it look less like a click consonant?
    – Draconis
    Dec 22, 2017 at 0:58

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