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Easyalign Spanish: An (Semi-)Automatic Segmentation Tool Under Praat


Goldman, Jean-Philippe; Schwab, Sandra (2014). Easyalign Spanish: An (Semi-)Automatic Segmentation Tool Under Praat. In: Congosto Martín, Y; Montero Curiel, M L; Salvador Plans, A. Fonética Experimental, Educación Superior e Investigación. Madrid: s.n., 629-640.

Abstract

EasyAlign is a user-friendly automatic phonetic alignment tool for continuous speech. It is developed as a plug-in of Praat, and it is freely available. Its main advantage is that one can easily align speech from an orthographic transcription. It requires a few minor manual steps and the result is a multi-level annotation within a TextGrid composed of phonetic, syllabic, lexical and utterance tiers. Evaluation of EasyAlign was performed according to three approaches: a boundary-based, a duration-based and segment-based approach. Results are very promising, showing, on the one hand, little difference between EasyAlign and human alignment, and a good generalization of the training, on the other one. EasyAlign is fully available for French and Spanish, while other languages such as English, Taiwan Min are under development thanks to a growing interest of community users.

EasyAlign is a user-friendly automatic phonetic alignment tool for continuous speech. It is developed as a plug-in of Praat, and it is freely available. Its main advantage is that one can easily align speech from an orthographic transcription. It requires a few minor manual steps and the result is a multi-level annotation within a TextGrid composed of phonetic, syllabic, lexical and utterance tiers. Evaluation of EasyAlign was performed according to three approaches: a boundary-based, a duration-based and segment-based approach. Results are very promising, showing, on the one hand, little difference between EasyAlign and human alignment, and a good generalization of the training, on the other one. EasyAlign is fully available for French and Spanish, while other languages such as English, Taiwan Min are under development thanks to a growing interest of community users.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:30 Jan 2015 14:59
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:58
Publisher:s.n.
Related URLs:http://www.amprae.es/congreso_fonetica_experimental
http://archiv.romanistik.de/aktuelles/archiv/newsartikel/article/cfp-v-congreso-internacional-de-fonetica-experimental-fonetica-experimental-educacion-superio/
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-107124

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