LINGUIST List 5.43

Wed 12 Jan 1994

Sum: Phonetic software and video materials.

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Message 1: phonetic software/video materials

Date: Tue, 11 Jan 94 15:53:29 CSphonetic software/video materials
From: ines shaw <ISHAWNDSUVM1.bitnet>
Subject: phonetic software/video materials

This is a summary of the responses I received regarding software and video/film
materials to teach phonetics. To all who responded, Thank You!
The responses are in no particular order.
 1-There's an IPA font which works under Windows (bought in Paris, France)-
info. sent by Jean LE Du, Celtic Dept. University of Brest, France.
 2-Ian Smith from York Univ. just received a grant to produce a multimedia
phonetics resource to run under Windows; a pilot version should be available
by Sept. 1995. It will consist of digitized video clips of a speaker demon-
strating individual sounds, together with software to access these clips in a
variety of ways (e.g., a tutorial on fricatives).
 3-Alex Francis from the dept. of linguistics, Univ. of Chicago, mentioned
that the Kay Elemetrics Computer Speech Lab (CSL) package comes with an IPA
tutorial. There are example speakers and exercises in reading spectograms and
transcribing the acoustics (and a transcription checker). Thus, CSL is a
speech analysis/synthesis system (also expensive), with an IPA tutorial.
 4-Nicholas Reid from the University of New England, Australia, is
currently developing an interactive phonetics package which includes: vocal
tract diagram with click info. on labeled parts; IPA symbols for all consonants
for Australian English consonants, for cardinal vowels (all primary, some
secondary), Australian English vowels, and self-testing exercises in all these
categories. He's using Photoshop and Authorware, and it will be available in
Mac or PC format Feb 94.
 5-Peter Ladefoged and Ian Maddieson developed interactive phonetic
lessons on the Mac, which include transcription and acoustic phonetics.
Peri Bhaskararao from Tokyo and John Ohala from Berkeley sent this info.
Joyce Boyland suggested that I contact Ohala. Ohala said he is planning to
develop phonetic lessons like those of Ladefoged and Maddieson--or rather,
lessons integrated with their lessons. These lessons would cover aerodynamics
and phonetic aspects of phonology, such as phonetic universals & sound change.
They might be available next year.
Michael Henderson from the U. of Kansas, Lawrence, mentioned the UCLA Hypercard
stacks, Sounds of the World's Languages and A Course in Phonetics.
 5-Karl Krahnke from Colorado State said that he got Adobe's phonetic
fonts, Stone Serif, and Stone Sans Serif IPA (they work with Word for Windows).
Diacritics cannot be combined with primary symbols with Word. With Wordperfect
it might work.
 6-Lloyd Anderson said that the elements of the typeface LucidaSans,
specialized for phonetic usage, are available free of charge. The catalog
Ecological Linguistics, with offerings for Macintosh and Windows, is available
free: Ecological Linguistics, P.O. Box 15156, Washington, D.C. 20003 or by
sending your postal address via email to
In his own words, the catalog
 "contains a listing of a commercial serif-style IPA with bold, italic,
 and bold-italic which is very close to what will be in the LucidaSansIPA
 plainstyle fonts we will be supplying free (courtesy of Charles Bigelow), but
 does not actually illustrate the Lucida because of our care to abide by Mr.
 Bigelow's wishes about not mixing or bundling. The fonts, although called
 IPA, are actually more inclusive, IPA and also Americanist phonetic symbols,
 etc. The LucidaSansIPA will be ready for shipment about New Year's."[1993-94]
He said there's a $ 5.00 postage/handling charge. Other free fonts are Cree
and Cherokee, courtesy of Paul Kershaw and J. LoCicero respectively--request
them at the same time you request LucidaSansIPA. For Windows, they supply
TrueType, not Postcript, and only 3.5" disks (unless you sent your own 2.25"
disks). Send a self-addressed 52" stamped envelope and an uninitialized disk
(3.5 or 5" for Windows TrueType; 3.5" 1400K disk for Macintosh TrueType togethe
with Postcript Type 1; or send $ 5.00 (no disks, no stamp) to the Ecological
Linguistics address above.
 6-George Dillon from the Univ. of Washington said he has been working
on a toolbook program which uses the SIL phonetic font for transcription, with
lots of wav files. He's about to rework it, using sound compression and the
spectrum analysis in the recent Cool sound editor.
 7-Joachim Mugdan from the Institut fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Universitaet Muenster, Germany, said that there is a machine called
Articulograph AG 100 which allows articulations to be recorded with the help
of sensors attached to the palate, etc. It is very expensive ($ 40,000-60,000
but a demo diskette can be requested from - Carstens Medizinelektronik,
Lenglerner Str. 11, D-37079 Goettingen, Germany.
He also designed an IPA font for EGA/VGA screens to be used with Wordperfect
5.0, plus a keyboard macro and a printer font (24-pin NEC2200 or compatible).
 7-Ken Beesley from Xerox suggested contacting Dr. MKC MacMahon, English
dept., Univ. of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, for x-rays; or the Eastman film
archive in Rochester, NY, for really old x-rays.
 8-Andy Bucher, Speech Pathology, Fliders Univ., Adelaide, suggested
UCLA phonetics lab for videos, or in Australia, Phil Rose at the ANU.
 9-Janet Bing suggested the PBS series on the brain for pictures of
x-rays with a speaker (in motion), and the U. of Pa. film library.
 10- Henry Rogers from Toronto said he has developed 1) a font, loosely
like Palatino, which includes phonetic symbols; available from anonymous
ftp from the Michigan archives; its name is Palphon; 2) a Hypercard
program for teaching phonemic transcription of English called Phthong;
not ready for release yet. Ron Smyth, also from the U. of Toronto, referred
me to Henry Rogers.
 11-Frances Ingemann from the U. of Kansas, Lawrence, mentioned the
video The Singer's Voice: The Vocal Tract (23 min.). It consists mostly of
MRI images which show how the vocal tract can change as a result of various
anatomical movements. It is designed for singers. Other videos in the series
are Vocal Folds and A Fiberoptic View of the Vocal Folds. Laurie Bauer from
Victoria U., New Zealand, mentioned a video for singers of glottal activity,
probably the same as the one above. Ingemann also mentioned that an old
x-ray film called Normal Speech Articulation, made at Iowa, is available on
videotape now.
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