Tools: Linguistic Research

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Akustyk for Praat:  Akustyk helps linguists who use Praat (see below) for phonetic analysis.  This program infects (piggy-backs) your Praat program, allowing you to track speaker and phonetic data as you take measurements.  Graciously brought to you free of charge by the brilliant Bartek Plichta.

Annotation tools from UPenn:  Click her for a list of tools for annotating transcripts from the University of Pennsylvania’s Linguistic Department.

Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE):  DARE is a comprehensive dictionary of regional terms.  Edited by Cassidy and Hall.  On to Z!

Linguist Lists’ Tools and Computer Software: In case anything is missing on LingEducator–be sure to check out this list, too.



North Carolina Sociolinguistic Archive and Analysis Project (NCSLAAP) Home Page: Directed by Walt Wolfram, the NCSLAAP has been investigating language variation and change in North Carolina and beyond.  Check here for information about their projects and archives, or see the link below for their tools page.

NCSLAAP tools page: NCSLAAP’s own list of tools for linguists.

Praat:  Doing phonetics by computer: Praat is a free program by Paul Boersma which allows you to do acoustic analysis on your own computer.  Download this program, upload your sound files, take measurements!  It’s that easy!

Robert Hagiwara’s How to read a spectrogram: Trained at UCLA and now working at the University of Manitoba, Robert Hagiwara teaches you how to read a spectrogram and provides you with other fun phonetic information, too.

Starks and McRobbie-Utasi on Data Collection Techniques: Collecting linguistic data isn’t necessarily particularly difficult, but you do need consistent methodologies.  Here’s a link explaining various techniques.

Technology HOW-TOs from Anderson’s Tidewater Voices Project:  Each semester, Bridget Anderson’s students must collect data for her Tidewater Voices Project (SE Virginia, USA).  Here’s a link to one of her students explaining a digital recording device.


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