What Is PoLaR?
PoLaR is a recently developed framework for systematic annotation of suprasegmental annotating prosody and prosodic characteristics, and it is under active development. "PoLaR" stands for Points, Levels, and Ranges – three of the core suprasegmental characteristics of intonation that are transcribed in the system.
One example of a PoLaR labelled recording is shown in the figure below; a quick overview of these tiers/labels is provided on this page. (Further details can be found in the annotation guidelines.)
The version 1.0 iteration of the PoLaR annotation guidelines have been completed! They can be found at https://osf.io/hc6pk/.
In addition, there is now a longer PoLaR monograph (which contains the annotation guidelines, along with chapters about background, user-extendability, and some usage scenarios) also available on OSF, at https://osf.io/cj4av/.
This May, at Speech Prosody 2022 in Lisbon, we will offer a tutorial on how to use PoLaR to annotate prosody. For more information, click here.
The PoLaR annotation guidelines have been updated! Version 0.9.8 can be found at https://osf.io/gxhyd/.
New in this version:
A substantial re-organization of the document into chapters, with guidelines in Chapter 2 (basic labels) and Chapter 3 (advanced labels)
More discussion of the PoLaR plugin (available on OSF) throughout the guidelines chapters.
Much more guidance on advanced Ranges labels (including how to handle some more complex phenomena, like English-type downstep).
All sound files in the document have also been updated, alongside labels with both basic labels (https://osf.io/u24xa/) and advanced labels (https://osf.io/dt683/).
The PoLaR annotation guidelines have been updated! Version 0.9.5 can be found at https://osf.io/a6rcm/.
New in this version: clarified guidance on basic labels, updated advanced labels and guidance, and a description of a new Praat script in the appendix.
All sound files in the document have also been uploaded, alongside labels with both basic labels (https://osf.io/upzhn/) and advanced labels (https://osf.io/d4phy/).
Version 0.8 of the PoLaR annotation guidelines is now available!
A PDF of the guidelines can be found at https://osf.io/wbg6e/. In addition, PoLaR annotated sound files and some simple scripts, can be found on at this OSF repository: https://osf.io/usbx5/.
Version 0.8 contains detailed description of how to annotation prosodic characteristics of spoken languages with a basic set of labels, on four tiers (Prosodic Structure, Pitch Points, Scaled Levels, and Range Domains).
Cancelled due to COVID-19
This coming May, at Speech Prosody 2020 in Tokyo, we will offer a 3-hour tutorial on how to use PoLaR to annotate prosody. For more information, click here.
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