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.