Transcribing Prosodic Structure of Spoken Utterances with ToBI

Screenshot from one of the simulations used in the course.

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.)


MIT Course Number


As Taught In

January IAP 2006



Cite This Course

Course Features

Course Highlights

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.

Nanette Veilleux, Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, and Alejna Brugos. 6.911 Transcribing Prosodic Structure of Spoken Utterances with ToBI, January IAP 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

For more information about using these materials and the Creative Commons license, see our Terms of Use.