SpeechSynthesisUtterance.lang

This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The lang property of the SpeechSynthesisUtterance interface gets and sets the language of the utterance.

If unset, the app's (i.e. the <html> lang value) lang will be used, or the user-agent default if that is unset too.

Syntax

var myLang = speechSynthesisUtteranceInstance.lang;
speechSynthesisUtteranceInstance.lang = 'en-US';

Value

A DOMString representing a BCP 47 language tag.

Examples

var synth = window.speechSynthesis;

var inputForm = document.querySelector('form');
var inputTxt = document.querySelector('input');
var voiceSelect = document.querySelector('select');

var voices = synth.getVoices();

  ...

inputForm.onsubmit = function(event) {
  event.preventDefault();

  var utterThis = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance(inputTxt.value);
  var selectedOption = voiceSelect.selectedOptions[0].getAttribute('data-name');
  for(i = 0; i < voices.length ; i++) {
    if(voices[i].name === selectedOption) {
      utterThis.voice = voices[i];
    }
  }
  utterThis.lang = 'en-US';
  synth.speak(utterThis);
  inputTxt.blur();
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Web Speech API
The definition of 'lang' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 33 (Yes) 49 (49) No support ? 7
Feature Android Chrome Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) No support 2.0 No support No support 7.1

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