Author Topic: Marking Phrases and Syllables in Praat  (Read 5593 times)

Offline Lilja

  • Jr. Linguist
  • **
  • Posts: 6
Marking Phrases and Syllables in Praat
« on: May 25, 2014, 06:10:31 AM »
Hello   :D

I hope I have posted this in the right place!

How does one mark phonological and intonational phrases, and syllables in Praat? I've tried looking online for pictures that show this but I can't find any, if anybody knows of any or any tutorials for this kind of thing I'd be really grateful! I know how to do quite a bit with Praat but I'm really not sure what these two things are supposed to look like  :(

Thanks!

Offline MalFet

  • Global Moderator
  • Serious Linguist
  • *****
  • Posts: 282
  • Country: us
Re: Marking Phrases and Syllables in Praat
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2014, 08:18:33 AM »
What do you mean by "mark"? There are really only two annotation categories: intervals and boundaries. If you wanted to break everything up into phrases of some sort or another, you'd probably just create a separate tier and then mark the extent of each tier as an interval.

Offline Lilja

  • Jr. Linguist
  • **
  • Posts: 6
Re: Marking Phrases and Syllables in Praat
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2014, 07:09:53 AM »
Thanks for replying! I know about all that, I was just wondering what to write in? For a syllable, should you use σ or write out the word in syllables i.e el - e - fant? I'm really stuck on phrases, I'm not sure how they should look  ???

Offline MalFet

  • Global Moderator
  • Serious Linguist
  • *****
  • Posts: 282
  • Country: us
Re: Marking Phrases and Syllables in Praat
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2014, 08:16:40 AM »
Ah. Your question isn't really so much about Praat, then, but rather just annotations for syllable boundaries and prosodic units.

Generally speaking, syllables are marked with a period: [pɑl.ɪ.sɪ.læb.ɪk]
If you want to mark primary and secondary stress, you can do that with high and low tick marks: [ˌpɑl.ɪ.sɪˈlæb.ɪk]

Minor intonation breaks are generally marked with a single line | and phrase breaks with a double line ‖