Date and Time
17th Feb 2015 09:45 –– 17th Feb 2015 17:00
University of Edinburgh


Introduction to Speech Analysis with FAVE (Forced Alignment & Vowel Extraction) 

17 February 2015

University of Edinburgh



This one-day workshop will teach you how to use the computational tool FAVE: Forced Alignment and Vowel Extraction. The tool takes a sound file of speech and a word-level transcript of that speech and uses a speech recognizer to match the words in the transcript to the acoustic signal of the speech file, resulting in the automatic generation of a new text file that indicates all the time points for the start and end of every vowel, consonant, noise, and pause, all of which are automatically labelled. A researcher can then use that to automatically extract information about any set of sounds that might be of interest. For example, FAVE also includes a tool to automatically extract the key acoustic measures for vowels, allowing a dialectologist, sociolinguist, forensic linguist, or phonetician to easily quantify accents, dialects, and speaking styles.

This is an essential skill for any current postgraduate student in the aforementioned areas of speech research. However, although there is a web-based interface for the tool, the benefits of using it are very limited compared to the freedom and flexibility a researcher can have by installing the program on their own computer and understanding more about how it functions. This particular Advanced Training event is ideal for all students because the researcher leading the training Dr Fruehwald, is one of the original designers and continuing developers of FAVE.

The day will be comprised of a morning lecture introducing the benefits of learning how to use FAVE, followed by an afternoon clinic helping students learn how to use the program on their own laptops (students will need to bring individual laptops to participate in the event). Students who attend should know the basics about speech science, phonetics, and sociolinguistics. Both MSc and PhD students are encouraged to attend.


Outline for the event:

9:45 -- Welcome & coffee (catered)

10:00 -- Lecture: Introduction to FAVE

  • Why would you want to use FAVE?
  • How does FAVE work?
  • How does FAVE compare with other methods?
  • What do you need to do to get ready to use FAVE?

12:00 -- Lunch (catered)

13:00 -- Workshop:

  • Running FAVE
  • Getting FAVE installed on your laptop (if you haven’t already)
  • Running FAVE-align Running
  • FAVE-extract
  • Interpreting your results

16:00 -- Closing & coffee (catered)


The organiser of this event is Dr Lauren Hall-Lew and further questions can be directed to her at


To reserve a place on this training course, please go to eventbrite.  

Last updated 26 Nov 2014 3:53pm