August 9, 2013

Phon: Computer software for analyzing children's speech

Today at the University of British Columbia, Yvan Rose presented an overview of Phon, ( computer software for analyzing children's speech. Children's speech corpora can be transcribed using International Phonetic Alphabet symbols and linked to audio or video data. The resulting transcription can be analyzed and searched. Phon is being used by speech researchers around the world and Yvan supported attendees at the Knowledge Mobilization seminar at UBC to ensure that it was running optimally on their computers.

Phon works in association with the CHILDES database, so that children's speech samples can be uploaded and shared throughout the world (

Future versions of Phon will include acoustic analysis via Praat within the Phon program.

Yvan Rose presenting a paper on Phon and PhonBank