Praat Scripts


The following Praat scripts were all based on pre-existing scripts given to me by others (see full credit, where possible, in the files). Most of them are used for working with files that are to be, or have been, ToBI annotated. They are all shared under a GNU General Public License. 

"Segmenter" will chop a longer file (.TextGrid and .wav) into shorter files (.TextGrid and .wav), based on segmentation given in an interval tier. The files will be automatically named based on the label in that interval tier.

"add-phon-tier" allows you to either (1) create TextGrids for a series of .wav files in a folder, (2) add a tier to already existing TextGrids, or (3) update and save annotations in existing TextGrids.

"basic tobi extract" will extract a ToBI annotation and a word level transcription from a series of .TextGrids in a folder.

Finally, "f0 points multiple" and "f0 points single" scripts function in similar ways, but are for two different sets of data.

The first script is for when you have multiple instances of the same f0 landmark (say, a peak) in a file. The script creates a new line for each peak, which includes the word and pitch accent closest to that peak, along with the full orthographic transcription and ToBI annotation of the utterance.

The second script is for when you have multiple files with different types of f0 landmarks marked in each: one file might have the start and end point of a rise; the other might only have the f0 at the midpoint of a plateau. This script only gives one line per file, with the appropriate f0 landmarks, full orthographic transcription, and ToBI annotation of the utterance.

Both scripts give the f0 Max and Min for the utterance, based on landmarks in a separate tier, and have the option of either running through the files blind, or checking each f0 point by hand.




segmenter.txt2 KB
add-phon-tier.txt3 KB
basic_tobi_extract.txt2 KB
f0points_single.txt10 KB
f0points_multi.txt8 KB


I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the English department of the University of New Hampshire. 

My main research area is intonation, mostly focusing on variation, but I'm also interested in more general questions of intonational meaning, including social meaning, and variation and change in segmental features. I'm particularly interested in Jewish languages; my dissertation work looked at Yiddish influences on Jewish English. Check out my CV (under "Bio") and Publication pages to see more of my work.

I currently teach the linguistics senior capstone course, Field Methods, along with Phonetics and Phonology, and Sociolinguistics. Check out the Teaching page to see past syllabi and other course materials! 

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