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CP is an MS-DOS program (keyboard only, no mouse input) that also uses Windows programs (mouse and keyboard input) to help in inputting data and printing reports. CP contains modules for creating and analyzing both orthographic and phonetic transcripts. You can view an overview diagram of CP and the interrelationship among its modules. To learn to use CP you can complete the tutorial lessons, read the help files contained within the program, or watch one or more instructional movies that demonstrate on your computer screen how to operate each of the modules. These options are explained further in our tips for getting started.

For each of its analyses CP generates profile reports in the form of text files. These can be printed directly from the program or they can be opened as documents in Microsoft Word. If a profile report is opened in Word you should run the appropriate macro to format any special characters so that they will display and print correctly. There are two macros available: one is used with PROPH reports that contain phonetic characters; the other is used with all other reports produced by CP (e.g., LARSP, PRISM-L).

If you use the PROPH module of CP, you may find it convenient to use one or more of the Windows programs PROPHecy, PROPHer, and PROPHet. These programs use the SIL Encore fonts, which display true phonetic symbols. PROPHecy and PROPHet simplify the tasks of inputting and editing the phonetic data that the PROPH module analyzes. PROPHer makes it easy to create phonetic text that can then be pasted into any Windows application.

With PROPH you can analyze data taken from a spontaneous speech sample or words produced from a list, such as an articulation test. We have created files that contain the items from a number of common word lists. You can download these lists and also create your own by selecting the appropriate option in CP.

To analyze a phonetically transcribed sample in PROPH you must have a target phonetic form for each word. This is done by accessing a phonetic dictionary. CP comes with small dictionaries for several varieties of English (General American-Canadian, Australian, British RP, Scottish, and North American-nonrhotic). However, you will want to download a much larger phonetic dictionary for the variety of English you encounter regularly.

 

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