Academic Events
Trinity Western University
Room 208, CanIL Harvest Centre
Langley, BC V2Y1Y1

Sound recordings in phonological fieldwork: Prospects, obstacles and a software solution

Speaker:   Dr. Rod Casali

                  Associate Professor of Linguistics

                  Trinity Western University

Sound recording technology has improved tremendously over the past several decades. Extensive use of sound recordings, both for comparative listening purposes and acoustic analysis, can greatly facilitate identification of speech sounds, accurate phonetic transcriptions and phonological analysis. However, getting a large corpus of wordlist recordings into a form that is easily accessible within a phonological database can be very time consuming and tedious. This presentation describes an experimental software tool, SoundSplitter, which can greatly reduce the time required to construct an accessible database of wordlist recordings.