LINGUIST List 32.1029

Sun Mar 21 2021

Software: CLOx for macOS: A Free Application for Automated Orthographic Transcription of Recorded Audio

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <everettlinguistlist.org>



Date: 16-Mar-2021
From: Rob Squizzero <cloxhelpuw.edu>
Subject: CLOx for macOS: A Free Application for Automated Orthographic Transcription of Recorded Audio
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We are excited to announce the release of the macOS version of CLOx, a free application developed by the University of Washington Sociolinguistics Laboratory. Using Apple's automatic speech recognition engine, CLOx orthographically transcribes sociolinguistic or other recorded audio interviews in a format amenable to linguistic analysis. The macOS version can be downloaded from the App Store at https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1523222131?pt=118058216&ct=LingList&mt=8. The web version, which uses Microsoft's Speech service for transcription, remains available to users of all platforms, at https://clox.ling.washington.edu, and is actively maintained.

CLOx for Mac allows users to output transcriptions in a .csv format with timestamps indicating the start and end time of each word or phrase in an audio file. It can also create transcriptions in .txt format without timestamps. Additionally, users can edit transcriptions in the app before exporting. It is estimated that CLOx for Mac enables accurate transcription of a sociolinguistic interview to be completed in one-fifth or less of the time it would take to produce a manual transcription. The macOS version currently supports 35 languages, and offers dialect support for several of these languages.

For questions, contact cloxhelpuw.edu. For bug reports and feature requests, please visit https://github.com/campionfellin/CLOxIssueTracker.

You can cite CLOx in either of the following ways:

Wassink, A.B., Squizzero, R., Fellin, C. & Nichols, D. (2018). Client Libraries Oxford (CLOx): automated transcription for sociolinguistic interviews [computer software]. https://clox.ling.washington.edu.

Wassink, A.B., Squizzero, R., Fellin, C. & Nichols, D. (2018, October).
CLOx: Time-saving automated orthographic transcription tool for sociolinguistic interviews. Workshop given at New Ways of Analyzing Variation 47, New York, NY.

For more information about the UW Sociolinguistics Laboratory, visit https://depts.washington.edu/sociolab/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics


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