AKUSTYK for Praat

AKUSTYK for Praat.  For those who are interested in the acoustic analysis of speech, this website is a must.  Designed by Bartek Plichta (PhD, Michigan State University), Akustyk piggy-backs Paul Boersma’s Praat program, helping researchers to record their measurements as they go.  The benefits?  Researchers will see increased speed and accuracy in their measurements, which will be conveniently organized for them.  Students will have the opportunity to see vowels plotted as they go, helping to train their ears to recognize fronter, backer, higher, and lower productions.  Plus, sign up on the mailing list, and Bartek will send you alerts when new versions are available.  He also provides excellent technological reviews so that your grant money is well spent.

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About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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