6.911 Transcribing Prosodic Structure of Spoken Utterances with ToBI

January (IAP) 2006

Waveform, f0 contour, spectrogram and first four tiers for utterance banana.
The waveform, f0 contour, spectrogram and the first four tiers for the utterance banana in one of the chapter tutorials. (Image by Dr. Nanette Veilleux.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete tutorial in the lecture notes section and references involving ToBI research in the readings section. Practice exercises and supporting files can also be downloaded in the exercises section. This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Course Description

This course presents a tutorial on the ToBI (Tones and Break Indices) system, for labelling certain aspects of prosody in Mainstream American English (MAE-ToBI). The course is appropriate for undergrad or grad students with background in linguistics (phonology or phonetics), cognitive psychology (psycholinguistics), speech acoustics or music, who wish to learn about the prosody of speech, i.e. the intonation, rhythm, grouping and prominence patterns of spoken utterances, prosodic differences that signal meaning and phonetic implementation.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .zip, .wav, .textgrid, and .xls.

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Alejna Brugos
Dr. Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel
Dr. Nanette Veilleux

Course Meeting Times

Seven sessions for 4 weeks
2 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate