Tools rPraat and mPraat

Interfacing Phonetic Analyses with Signal Processing
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9924)


The paper presents the rPraat package for R/mPraat toolbox for Matlab which constitutes an interface between the most popular software for phonetic analyses, Praat, and the two more general programmes. The package adds on to the functionality of Praat, it is shown to be superior in terms of processing speed to other tools, while maintaining the interconnection with the data structure of R and Matlab, which provides a wide range of subsequent processing possibilities. The use of the proposed tool is demonstrated on a comparison of real speech data with synthetic speech generated by means of dynamic unit selection.


Matlab Praat Phonetics Speech synthesis 



This research was supported by the Czech Science Foundation project No. 16-04420S.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts, Institute of PhoneticsCharles University in PraguePraha 1Czech Republic

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