Neat phonetics sites on the web
There are lots and lots of good web sites with phonetics
movies, programs, demos, explanations, etc. on them. The
following is just a selection of a few you might find interesting. If you find good ones not on this list, let me know! (Send Professor Warner email)
- Sound files and other useful things
that go with Ladefoged's Course in Phonetics textbook: http://hctv.humnet.ucla.edu/departments/linguistics/VowelsandConsonants/course/contents.html. You should look at this page
every time you read a chapter, and see what there is to listen to for
- Peter Ladefoged
has another textbook with files online for it, too: http://hctv.humnet.ucla.edu/departments/linguistics/VowelsandConsonants/vowels/contents.html.
This one has some neat stuff that our textbook
- The main page for the web version of Sounds
of the World's Languages. Go here to hear native speakers of many, many
languages producing all sorts of interesting distinctions. Try the maps page
to just explore.
- The new IPA symbol search has replaced the IPA
chart access to Sounds of the World's Languages. This one accesses various
other sources in addition to the SOWL languages, but that means it takes you
out of the basic SOWL site. This is very useful for finding examples of
any particular IPA symbol you're not sure about.
- The Praat web page: http://www.praat.org. Download and install
Praat here, or join the Praat help listserv.
- Speech in many, many dialects of English
(as well as many foreign accents), much of it phonetically transcribed, and
all of it available to listen to: http://classweb.gmu.edu/accent/
- Movies of the vocal tract and vocal cords in action:
- Another vocal cords in action movie: http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/linguistics/faciliti/demos/vocalfolds/vocalfolds.htm
- Amazing x-ray movies of speech: http://psyc.queensu.ca/~munhallk/05_database.htm
- Fun for learning what vocal tract positions
correspond to what sounds: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~danhall/phonetics/sammy.html.
- University of Iowa
has a great site that shows you animations of English and Spanish speech
sounds, a video of a speaker's face producing the sounds, the IPA symbol,
and along with all of this plays the sound. Good for IPA, articulations,
and audiovisual speech. http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/
- Movies of
pharyngeal consonants and of the vocal cords: http://web.uvic.ca/ling/research/phonetics/index.htm. This page has the movies to go with several papers by John Esling.
(I'm having problems with some of these movies, but they're great.)
- Here's a nice one on why vowel formants
are harder to distinguish at high fundamental frequencies: http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/~jw/soprane.html
- McGurk effect demonstration: http://www.media.uio.no/personer/arntm/McGurk_english.html.
If you watch and listen, you will probably hear /da/. If you close your
eyes and listen, you'll probably hear /ba/. Why? (You can find a lot of
other good McGurk demos just by searching for "McGurk demo".)
- Dani Byrd is
a professor at University
of Southern California, and
her web page has lots of phonetics links: http://www-rcf.usc.edu/~dbyrd/linklist.html
- Some archived Linguist List issues
with lots of phonetics links (some of them included above), just in case
you feel like going exploring: http://linguistlist.org/issues/11/11-1812.html,
- Here's another page with a list of phonetics
(and phonology) links. Some are more closely related to this course than
- Also see the page of
links for Ling. 478/578, Speech Technology, for links on that topic.