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phonfieldwork is a package for phonetic fieldwork research and experiments. This package makes it easier to:

  • create a html/pptx presentation from stimuli-translation list,
  • rename soundfiles according to the list of stimuli,
  • concatenate multiple soundfiles and create a Praat TextGrid which interval labels are the original names of the sound
  • extract sounds according to annotation
  • extract annotation from multiple linguistic formats (Praat .TextGrid, ELAN .eaf, EXMARaLDA .exb, Audacity .txt and subtitles .srt)
  • visualise oscilograms, spectrograms and annotations
  • create an html viewer like this, ethical problems of this kind of viewer in linguistic research are covered in the vignette vignette("ethical_research_with_phonfieldwork").

For more details see tutorial.

The main goal of the phonfieldwork package is to make the full research workflow, from data collection to data extraction and data representation, easier for people that are not familiar with programming. However, most of the phonfieldwork functionality can be found in other software and packages:

  • stimuli presentation creation could be done with any programming language and probably without them
  • automatic file renaming and automatic merging could be done with any programming language
  • Praat .TextGrid manipulation is possible with Praat, R packages rPraat and textgRid, Python package ‘pympi’
  • ELAN .eaf manipulation is possible with ELAN, R package FRelan and Python package pympi
  • import and export between Praat .TextGrid, ELAN .eaf, and ’EXMARaLDA .exb is possible with R package act
  • cutting sounds according to annotation is possible with Praat and the R packagetuneR
  • spectrogram visualisation is possible with multiple R packages signal, tuneR, seewave, phonTools, monitor, warbleR, soundgen and many others


Install from CRAN:


Get the development version from GitHub:


Load the library:


In order to work with some rmarkdown functions you will need to install pandoc, see vignette("pandoc") for the details.

Cite the package

You can get the latest information about how to cite the package using the citation() function:

> To cite package ‘phonfieldwork’ in publications use:
>   Moroz G (2020). _Phonetic fieldwork and experiments with phonfieldwork package_.
> <>.
> A BibTeX entry for LaTeX users is
> @Manual{,
>   title = {Phonetic fieldwork and experiments with phonfieldwork package},
>   author = {George Moroz},
>   year = {2020},
>   url = {},
> }

To do:

  • export to ELAN and EXMARALDA files
  • use ELAN and EXMARALDA files in the whole pipeline described in docs
  • use the same pipeline with video (for Sign Languages)
  • make TECkit to df and back