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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
http://youtu.be/wCDuh6dfw6g
2: Mixing the paint
http://youtu.be/2XEJVs6XbYA
3. Choosing and remembering test words
http://youtu.be/kC1x63lgulM
4. Hygiene
http://youtu.be/llP36cePiMM
5. Doing linguograms
http://youtu.be/CqN-mh02o5U
6. Doing palatograms
http://youtu.be/8Sh5hFnIuS4

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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