Guide to Annotation with PoLaR

at Speech Prosody 2022, Lisbon

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.

Cost: Free!

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Date/Time of Tutorial: Sat May 28, 2022, 9am-12:30pm Lisbon Time (UTC+1)

Location of Tutorial: School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon (simultaneously virtual)

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

Technical requirements: In-person participants are strongly 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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