I have a corpus of short speech samples from Kiswahili speakers, and I want to detect the number of syllables in each audio recording. How should I approach this task?

Background: I asked a conceptual/programming variant of this question on StackOverflow showing my attempt at peak detection in R. Users migrated the question to CrossValidated, but someone suggested that SP might be a better home. I asked how to handle the situation on SP Meta, and a user gave me helpful advice to frame this question more conceptually on SP.

  • $\begingroup$ I assume that is a research topic of its own. I am not a linguistics guy, but I have a feeling that you have to tackle a quite hard problem there, if you intend to design the algorithm on your own. $\endgroup$ – M529 Apr 15 '16 at 11:36
  • $\begingroup$ This is a simplification of speech recognition; I'd approach the problem from that direction. Here's a tutorial. The only problem is that you will need a lot of data, and you don't seem to have it, so your low-tech solution might be right. Try using a different feature such as the MFCC. $\endgroup$ – Emre Apr 15 '16 at 22:29

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