14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


A Multimedia Approach to Learning Phonetic Transcription

Jocelyn Clayards, Martin Holmes, John H. Esling

University of Victoria, Canada

The Linguistic Interactive Phonetics Software (LIPS) program uses digital video clips to provide audio-visual examples of the speech sound inventory of Canadian English and a phonetically balanced set of words. This Windows-based CD-ROM program teaches students to identify phonetic symbols and labels and to progress to word-level phonemic and phonetic transcription. Transcription is performed via keyboard strokes with a widely used font. Not only do students learn the phonetic symbol, they also gain the use of a tool for keyboard entry of transcription outside the realm of the program. Each level of the program has a test module providing feedback on student progress. A final test examines students on recognition and identification of symbols, labels and sounds and finally to perform transcription from the audio-visual database of words. A database-driven algorithm automatically generates test questions ensuring that no two tests are identical.

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Bibliographic reference.  Clayards, Jocelyn / Holmes, Martin / Esling, John H. (1999): "A multimedia approach to learning phonetic transcription", In ICPhS-14, 1133-1136.