I'm measuring the vowels in a whole boatload of recordings of the same item (e.g. 100 recordings of different people saying "my dog") in Praat. I am not very experienced in Praat, but figured out how to use this vowel extraction script by Tyler Kendall. This script requires me to label the vowel in a Textgrid before measuring and I am now trying to be a bit more efficient. What I would like to do:

  1. for each batch, create one Textgrid / text file with the relevant vowel transcription (e.g. "o")
  2. then read this Textgrid into Praat as my Textgrid with every single wav file of "dog" I open
  3. and only adjust the size of the interval containing o according to its place in the actual recording (ie. drag it over the right interval, hit Enter)


  1. save the Textgrid with the same name as the sound file or at least reset it to its original state (see below)

So 1-3 work well one time: For the first file, I can just adapt the length of the interval. However, for the next file, the interval from the first recording is now in the Textgrid file and whatever I do is just added to it.

Thus, what I write in 4.: Is there an easy way (faster than Save as) to save the Text-grid file, or to revert it to its initial state after measuring, or what would be the best approach?

I am working in Praat 5.3 on a Mac OS X.

Any help is much appreciated!

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    Because TextGrids are just plain text files, you could generate all of these are separate files before even opening Praat. Then, step through them manually or with a Praat (editor) script. This depends on your abilities with manipulating batches of plain text files and Praat scripting. – Jeremy Needle Jul 18 '16 at 19:06
  • @JeremyNeedle thanks, that's a good idea! ill see if i can get a script put together that matches sound file and and text-grid and opens them for me. that way, i can come back later and look at my alignments. thanks! – patrick Jul 18 '16 at 19:58

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