Sketch grammars for dictionaries: SIL workshop in Cameroon

(via SIL) Linguists representing 16 African languages are attending a workshop this month conducted by SIL Cameroon in Yaoundé to produce sketch grammars suitable to introduce bilingual or trilingual dictionaries. The UK Kay Williamson Educational Fund (KWEF) will eventually publish several of the dictionaries in which these sketch grammars appear. (continue reading at SIL website)


SIL releases Speech Analyzer 3.0

SIL International has just announced the release of version 3.0 of Speech Analyzer (SA), a tool for recording, transcribing and analyzing speech sounds:

Linguists will find SA useful to perform duration measurements and fundamental frequency, spectrographic and spectral analyses. SA can also combine phonetic, phonemic, orthographic, tone and gloss transcriptions in an interlinear format. Features to enhance language learning include slowed playback, repeat loops and overlays to assist with perception and mimicry of sounds. With SA, ethnomusicologists can perform analysis of music recordings. Version 3.0 is the first significant release of SA since version 2.7 (June 2005).

New features include:

  • Unicode support and support for Transcription Encoding Converters for data from previous versions
  • Import data in MP3 and WMA formats
  • Import and export MusicXML

Other Features:

  • Transcribe speech files phonetically with IPA
  • Add phonemic, orthographic, tone and gloss annotations to transcriptions in an interlinear format
  • View sound file as a waveform, pitch plot, spectrogram, spectrum and various F1 vs. F2 displays
  • Formant processing
  • Playback at a slower speed
  • Playback with variable length delay between repetitions
  • Music analysis capability
  • Integrated Help files and training materials

(SIL Media release, 16 August 2007)

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