We developed a Praat manual for beginners in this website.
Acoustic phonetics is a subfield of phonetics which deals with acoustic aspects of speech sounds, like the amplitude of a waveform, its duration, its fundamental frequency, or other properties of its frequency spectrum. Learning the acoustic phonetics would be helpful to teachers of English and/or speech therapists in their assessment and planning of remediation.
Praat, as a free download software package developed by Paul Boersma and David Weenink of the University of Amsterdam, could be one of the best choices for analysis and reconstruction of acoustic speech signals. Students can use it analyze, synthesize, and manipulate speech sounds, and create high-quality pictures for their articles and thesis. (It can be downloaded from the following website: http://www.Praat.org)
Over the past decades, there are already a number of manuals and tutorials of PRAAT developed for different targets, while much of the existing documentation is just for software documentation, the current project produced a practical manual for those who want to do phonetics research using Praat but not equipped with a strong phonetics or programming background.
Students who want to develop their English pronunciation to a native-like level can also learn how the computer-based acoustic tool (Praat) can be used to look at graphic representations of their own speech comparing it to those of native speakers, thus, they can diagnose their own pronunciation problems and develop skills so that they may continue their pronunciation development by autonomous learning.
Please see our Praat Beginners’ Manual as follows.
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