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Comparing the performance of forced alignersused in sociophonetic research

Gonzalez Ochoa, Simon; Grama, James; Travis, Catherine


Forced aligners have revolutionized sociophonetics, but while there are several forced aligners available, there are few systematic comparisons of their performance. Here, we consider four major forced aligners used in sociophonetics today: MAUS, FAVE, LaBB-CAT and MFA. Through comparisons with human coders, we find that both aligner and phonological context affect the quality of automated alignments of vowels extracted from English sociolinguistic interview data. MFA and LaBB-CAT produce the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Linguistics Vanguard
DOI: 10.1515/lingvan-2019-0058
Access Rights: Open Access


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