Phon: A Computational Basis for Phonological Database Building and Model Testing

  • Yvan Rose
  • Gregory J. Hedlund
  • Rod Byrne
  • Todd Wareham
  • Brian MacWhinney
Part of the Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing book series (NLP)


This paper describes Phon, an open-source software program for the transcription, coding, and analysis of phonetically-transcribed speech corpora. Phon provides support for multimedia data linkage, utterance segmentation, multiple-blind transcription, transcription validation, syllabification, and alignment of target and actual forms. All functions are available through a user-friendly graphical interface. This program provides the basis for the building of PhonBank, a database project that seeks to broaden the scope of CHILDES into phonological development and disorders.


Alignment Algorithm Phonetic Group Phonetic Transcription Computational Molecular Biology Syllable Onset 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



We would like thank the co-organisers of the original ACL workshop (namely, Afra Alishahi, Thierry Poibeau, Anna Korhonen and Aline Villavicencio) for their help and support through all the steps that brought us to this publication and Carla Peddle for assistance in preparing the final version presented here. We are also grateful to two anonymous reviewers for their useful feedback. Current development of Phon and PhonBank is supported by the National Institute of Health. Earlier development of Phon was funded by grants from National Science Foundation, Canada Fund for Innovation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Petro-Canada Fund for Young Innovators, and the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and the Faculty of Arts at Memorial University of Newfoundland. TW would also like to acknowledge support provided through NSERC Discovery Grant 228104.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yvan Rose
    • 1
  • Gregory J. Hedlund
    • 1
  • Rod Byrne
    • 2
  • Todd Wareham
    • 2
  • Brian MacWhinney
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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