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FYI: Palatography Lessons on YouTube

Author: Sophie Salffner

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

FYI Body: Dear All,

YouTube now hosts videos about palatography, a technique in
experimental phonetics. The lessons teach practical aspects of how to
do palatograms and linguograms and a couple of things around that.
As you can see in the videos, palatography can be a bit messy but it's
a lot of fun too!

There are six videos covering different aspects of doing palatography:

1: Equipment
2: Mixing the paint
3. Choosing and remembering test words
4. Hygiene
5. Doing linguograms
6. Doing palatograms

The videos were made by Sophie Salffner and Maria Tzika together
with students from the 2011/2012 Phonetics Course at the School of
Oriental and African Studies, University of London. We hope you'll
enjoy them!

All the best,

Sophie Salffner

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