Is it possible to have phonetic search in the normal search and not only in the peoplesearch?

I read that in SP2010 the KQL does not support phonetic search in Non-People-Searches. What about SP2013 and what are the problems there?

I tried it with the REST-API but ?enablephonetic=true only works for firstnames.


Phonetic search is only for people searching. This is still the case in 2013. Its more specifically called "Phonetic People Matching".

  • thanks. so if i wanted something like a "phonetic search" in 2010/2013 i have to do it with a thesaurus? i'm i getting this right? – domueni Mar 5 '13 at 10:15
  • Yes, if you wanted to manually provide replacements or synonyms for words searched for you can use thesaurus files: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd361734(v=office.14).aspx – John Chapman Mar 5 '13 at 15:15
  • And here is the documentation for 2013: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219579.aspx – John Chapman Mar 5 '13 at 15:16
  • @JohnChapman : In SP2013 we have several verticals, On Everything vertical I am adding a result block using query rule to show People Result. I am wondering if this block can show phonetic(nickname) search results. Because it works in People vertical but not in everything inspite of result block. – Asad Refai Aug 7 '15 at 7:35

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