The 25th Phonetics Seminar “Introduction to Segmentation and Labeling”

January 13th, 2017
Date: Sunday, February 19th, 2017 (9:30am-4:30pm)
Topic: Introduction to Segmentation and Labeling
Lecturer: Kyoko Takeuchi (Japan Welfare Education College, Kokugakuin Univerisity)
Venue: Japan Welfare Education College, Main Building, 6th floor
2-16-3 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (1 minute walk from Takadanobaba station)

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Host: Planning Committee, The Phonetic Society of Japan
Admission: 2000 yen for members (including student members), 3000 yen for non-members
Capacity: 30
Registration: Please send an e-mail to:

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What to prepare:
  1. Writing utensils (We will first practice labeling by hand. Recommended: pencils, eraser, red pen for correction, ruler)
  2. Headset (headphones and microphone on the same device)
    Please see the following website for reference
  3. We will use a Windows computer and Wavesurfer (free software for acoustical analysis) We will prepare the computers, but you may bring you own if you wish.
Overview: 9:30-12:30
  1. How to use WaveSurfer (software for acoustical analysis)(recording, saving, how to open files, how to print out), create a template for segmentation and labeling
  2. Measure frequencies/fundamental frequencies of vowels from waveforms
  3. Measure formant frequencies from sound spectrograms
  4. Understand the relationship of pitch contour, fundamental frequency, and vocal fold vibration
  1. Review of phonetics (vowels, plosives, fricatives, nasals, approximants, etc.) and practice segmentation and labeling
  2. Segmentation and labeling (short and long sentences)