Danielle Daidone [dæn.ˈjɛl deɪ.ˈdoʊn]
PhD Candidate in Second Language Studies and Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University
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Cutting sound files
Once you have the sound file containing all of your stimuli, you'll need to segment it into smaller, individual files for each stimulus. You can do this using the free acoustic analysis software Praat, available at praat.org.
Once you open Praat, you'll see that both a "Praat Objects" window and a "Praat Picture" window appear at start up. You won't be using the Praat picture window, so you can close that.
Before we begin cutting a sound file, let's just see what sounds look like in Praat. In the top menu, go to "Open" --> "Read from file" and choose your sound file. It should now appear highlighted in the Objects window. Click on "View & Edit" on the right-hand menu to see your sound file.
Tips for recording stimuli
The recording list:
My research focuses on second language phonology, with a particular emphasis on perception and lexical representations. I also work on input in the foreign language classroom, as well as variation in L1 and L2 Spanish. When I'm not analyzing speech, you can find me dancing salsa (preferably on 2!) or escaping reality with a good book.