[Lingtyp] Praat script for automatically segmenting vowels?

Pegi Bakula pegi at buffalo.edu
Fri Mar 31 22:11:20 UTC 2023

Hi Cat,

Without knowing the specifics of your situation, there are plenty of
options available for speech recognition. Which one to choose will depend
on a number of factors, of course. Two programs that quickly come to mind
are the Praat plug-in EasyAlign and the Montreal Forced Aligner. Either one
of these can autosegment down to the phone level. I've never tried
EasyAlign, but I'd guess as a plug-in it would be fairly straightforward. I
have used the MFA, and will admit there is some amount of work that goes
into using it... at least for what I'm using it for.

I hope that helps, though I'm sure there are plenty of people here who can
offer better suggestions.


On Fri, Mar 31, 2023 at 12:13 PM Cat Butz <Cat.Butz at hhu.de> wrote:

> Dear community,
> The title should be pretty straightforward: I'm writing a grammar and
> need to label and plot a bunch of vowel tokens from raw sound files, and
> I'm trying to find ways of getting there besides segmenting and
> labelling everything by hand, specifically the segmenting part. I'll be
> thankful for any advice, no matter how tangential.
> Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend.
> Best,
> --
> Cat Butz (she/they)
> HHU Düsseldorf
> General Linguistics
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