LINGUIST List 23.3108

Wed Jul 18 2012

Software: Toney: Software for Phonetic Classification

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <>

Date: 18-Jul-2012
From: Steven Bird <>
Subject: Toney: Software for Phonetic Classification
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Toney is a free software tool that supports classification of spoken forms into phonetic categories. Use it to manually sort linguistic forms into clusters, then listen to all items in a given cluster in order to hear any outliers. It is ideal for use in early elicitation tasks, in which the linguistically salient phonetic categories are not yet clearly established.

Toney uses specially formatted Praat TextGrid files and corresponding audio files. Unix, Mac, and Windows distributions are available, along with sample datasets.

(Development of this software is sponsored by NSF Project "Prosodic Systems in New Guinea" --

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics                             Language Documentation                             Phonetics                             Phonology

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