3 Links for Articulatory Phonetics

Resources from UBC, The Virtual Linguistics Campus, and PalatographyLessons

Today’s 3 links are for articulatory phonetics: 

eNunciate! with the University of British Columbia

Web site

“Ultrasound overlay” videos of many speech sounds: video of a speaker from the side, with the corresponding ultrasound image overlaid on the cheek, so viewers can see lip and tongue movements simultaneously. For many sounds, simple mid-sagittal animations are also displayed. Additional brief videos on the site address the use of ultrasound imaging in linguistics and introduce articulatory details of consonants and vowels.

Speech Science with The Virtual Linguistics Campus

YouTube video series

6 videos on this playlist, ranging from 12 to 18 minutes, cover articulatory phonetics, including anatomy, airstream mechanisms, and phonation. PowerPoint-style slides with the speaker, Jürgen Handke, constantly visible, often displayed in a lower corner. Closed captions in English are auto-generated.

Doing Palatography with PalatographyLessons

YouTube video series

6 videos ranging from 2 to 7 minutes, walking the viewer through the how and why of palatography, a method of studying articulation by painting the tongue with edible ink, producing a speech sound, and taking a photograph to see where the tongue made contact. Both oral and written instructions are included. Amateur production, but dedicated videographer actively zooms to pertinent details. Closed captions in English are auto-generated.

Additional resources: The Pink Trombone is a great vocal tract simulator, and our previously released Resource Guides about IPA consonants and vowels include information about articulation, especially those dimensions reflected in IPA charts.

A distraction: Articulatory phonetics can also be studied in beatboxing!

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