Dolmen: a program for the analysis of speech corpora


Dolmen is a free, open-source software toolbox for the analysis of annotated speech. It offers a user-friendly interface to manage, annotate and query language corpora. It is particularly well suited for dealing with time-aligned data. The main features it offers are:

  • Project management: organize files into projects and manage versions.
  • Extensible metadata: files can be annotated with properties, which allow you to sort and organize your data.
  • Interaction with Praat: Dolmen can read TextGrid files and open files directly in Praat.
  • Powerful search engine: build and save complex queries; search patterns across tiers.
  • Standard-based: Dolmen files are encoded in XML and Unicode.
  • Scripting engine: Dolmen can be extended with plugins written in Lua and JSON.

Dolmen runs on all major platforms (Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux) and is freely available under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPL). The latest version of Dolmen can be downloaded from If you encounter any problem or bug, please write to


Dolmen 2 (current version)

Download version 2.0.0 (30/03/2018):

This version is recommended for all users.

Dolmen 1.3 (legacy version)

Dolmen 1.3 can be downloaded from here.


Dolmen’s documentation is available as a PDF file.

PFC plugin

The plugin for the PFC corpus which accompanies the book Varieties of Spoken French can be downloaded here. The version of Dolmen which is available on the book’s companion website is the legacy version: it is recommended that you upgrade to the current version.

How to cite?

To cite Dolmen, you can use the following citation:

[EYC2018]Eychenne, Julien (2018). Dolmen: a program for the analysis of speech corpora [Computer program]. Version 2.0.0, retrieved 04 May 2018 from

You can also cite the following paper:

[EYC2016]Eychenne, J. & R. Paternostro (2016). “Analyzing transcribed speech with Dolmen”. In S. Detey, J. Durand, B. Laks & C. Lyche (eds) Varieties of Spoken French, Oxford: Oxford University Press, D35-D52.