Guide to Annotation with PoLaR

at Speech Prosody 2020, Tokyo

Cancelled due to COVID-19

A Brief Description of the Tutorial

This tutorial will familiarize participants with a new prosodic annotation system: PoLaR (Points Levels and Ranges). The primary goal of this tutorial is to provide participants with hands-on experience in PoLaR-labelling speech data from mainstream American English, which will enable them to PoLaR-label data from a variety of different languages, sources and contexts.

PoLaR is a new system of prosodic annotation (see PDF of guidelines here, and other resources here), developed to facilitate the labelling of individual prosodic characteristics and cues (thereby decomposing phonological labels such as H* or L-L% into their more atomic phonological and acoustic components). In addition to isolating particular prosodic qualities, PoLaR is intended as a system that can be applied to any register, dialect, or language. PoLaR may be useful for capturing and analyzing (potentially systematic) variability, both within and across various categories in phonological, semantic/pragmatic, and/or sociolinguistic domains.


Date/Time of Tutorial: May 24, 2020; 16:00-19:00

Location of Tutorial: Engineering Building 2 (#76), Hongo Campus, UTokyo (map here)

Target Audience: Novice to experienced prosodic annotators (expected background and skills: familiarity with prosodic terminology, and with Praat)

Technical requirements: Participants will be encouraged to bring laptops, so they can follow along and then do labelling exercises during the tutorial. (Sound files and blank TextGrid files will be provided. Praat will be required to do these labelling exercises.)

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