ACORNS Sound Editor Application Overview

The ACORNS project supports language revitalization efforts of Native American tribes. The name, [AC]quisition [O]f [R]estored [N]ative [S]peech is in honor of the tribes of Northern California and Southern Oregon where the acorn is a central part of the traditional life. This project is a long term development project involving both undergraduate and graduate students. We appreciate comments and feedback.

The Sound Editor works in two modes. The first, editing mode, enables you to edit and manipulate sound files. You can copy or cut words and phrases to create new sound files. You can alter the volume of the recordings, and speed up or slow the play back. Additionally, you can add gloss(normally English) and native annotations to the recordings. The release supports all indigenous fonts stored in ttf format. ACORNS conforms to best practice criteria for working with linguistic data, in that it supports standard file formats through its export and import facilities.

The second Sound Editor mode of operation, annotation mode, allows you to add up to ten levels of text annotations to any portion of a sound recording. This feature is necessary for creating ACORNS hear and respond lessons.

This help facility describes the operation of this program. Click on the links below to find out more about your areas of interest. We hope you enjoy your ACORNS experience.

General Operating Instructions   Sound Panels Wave Selection
Recording Sounds Loading and Saving Wave display
Editing Sound Recordings Zooming in and Out   Changing Speed and Volume
Annotating Recordings   Advanced Controls Fixing Mistakes
ACORNS Help Errors
Annotation Mode Annotation Editing Annotation Keyboard Controls

ACORNS software is freeware, but the author, Dan Harvey, retains full copyright priviledges, but ACORNS is freely downloadable for non-commercial use. We expect that the software will not be sold for profit or that it will be reverse engineered. Please contact if you have questions concerning permissible use. By using or downloading the software, you agree to abide by these terms.