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Praat as phoneme detector [was: Re: Kyrgyz, &c.]

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, March 24, 2003, 14:52
At 12:19 PM +0100 3/24/03, taliesin the storyteller wrote:
>* Dirk Elzinga said on 2003-03-12 17:53:38 +0100 >> At 9:38 AM +0100 2/27/03, taliesin the storyteller wrote: >> >* Peter Clark said on 2003-02-26 14:20:57 +0100 >> >> Well, as I mentioned to Yitzik in a private email, my Kyrgyz-speaking >> >> friend is coming in April, so I will be sure to pepper her with >> >> questions. Now accepting suggestions! >> > >> >Record (as in sound) some saying in Kyrgyz, then map it by hand to IPA >> >later, or feed it to a computer and a program like Praat[*], which can find >> >the phones for you. >> >> Praat is not a phon(em)e detector. You can do all sorts of things with >> speech analysis using Praat (including segmenting and labelling sound >> files -- it even includes an Optimality Theory tutorial and machine- >> learning simulations), but phone identification still has to be done >> the old-fashioned way. > >Then what program did I use during Phonetics 101 then, if it wasn't >Praat? *sigh* *scratches head*
You may have used Praat, but I don't know of any function in the software package which will automatically segment sound files and annotate them with phonetic symbols. If there is such a function, I'd sure like to know about it! It seems to be the sort of task best left to humans, though. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "It is important not to let one's aesthetics interfere with the appreciation of fact." - Stephen Anderson