LINGUIST List 11.1869

Tue Sep 5 2000

FYI: List of Phonetics URLs Part 2

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  • karchung, Phonetics URLs (2)

    Message 1: Phonetics URLs (2)

    Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2000 10:31:31 +0800
    From: karchung <>
    Subject: Phonetics URLs (2)

    Phonetics URLs (2) (follow-up to posting on Aug. 27, 2000 LINGUIST 11.1812)

    I got a number of very nice notes from people who found the phonetics URL list useful. What a nice feeling - thanks for your feedback! I also received some additions and an emendation which I have edited and pasted in below. These are followed by a few more sites I found and like. The real trick in finding good sites seems to be coming up with good key words: 'epiglottis' was excellent, 'spectrograph' and 'affricate' were good, 'formant' and 'voice onset time' were not as useful. So to get a good answer, you need a good question! Also, search engines like really *do* give you the best sites first; very often the first one listed will be a very, very good one and you don't really need to bother with the rest, if you think you've got what you want. But then there are always curiosity and greed to spur you on, and sometimes you do find more treasures if you persist. I especially recommend the interactive physics tutorial on waves for anybody who will be trying to make acoustic phonetics more palatable and comprehensible to undergrads (and oneself as well!).

    Do continue to send over good URLs if you find them and I'll summarize yet again if warranted.

    Karen Steffen Chung National Taiwan University

    (1) Mon, 28 Aug 2000 13:56:40 +0200 From: Hugo Quene <>

    Here is an addition to your collection of phonetic URLs as posted on LINGUIST. It's a website of audio demonstrations. Although it's mainly in Dutch, some parts of it are also quite popular with foreign users: Cardinal Vowels by Daniel Jones, Speech Synthesis by Dennis Klatt. URL is <>; The provisional title of the website is "AudiUFon". Thanks for your excellent summary of URLs !! Hugo Quene

    (Note: This site has a lot of interesting phonetics-related topics [some in English, but take a crack at the Dutch if you know English, German and have a Dutch-English dictionary!]. I found particularly interesting examples of post-laryngectomy esophageal [a tricky word to pronounce!] speech ['slokdarmspraak'], artificial larynx ['kunstlarynx'] speech, and 'Staffeiri-methode' speech. The 'overtone singing' example is excellent - very clear. There are lots of other good speech-related topics to explore, like the particular way in which disc jockeys, or royalty, speak, and emotion in singing. -KSC)

    (2) Wed, 30 Aug 2000 10:04:01 -0600 From: Caroline Smith <>

    Just one suggestion for an addition: The home page for the IPA web site is actually and from there one can get to this page where you can download audio (WAV) files for all the Illustrations of the IPA in the new IPA Handbook. This could be a great tool for teaching transcription, as it provides lots of examples of transcription of words and short texts.

    Caroline L. Smith Department of Linguistics University of New Mexico Humanities 526 Albuquerque, NM 87131-1196

    (3) Mon, 28 Aug 2000 15:31:29 +0800 From: "GONG Qunhu & YANG Yuzhi" <>

    Thanks for your nice posting, I have forwarded it to mainland Zhongguo yuwen (Chinese language and writing) mailing list. About IPA (font and inputting device) suitable for Mandarin or other Chinese dialects, we have a setup file at or . Some very common symbols are not provided in SIL free fonts.

    Gong Qunhu

    (Note: I have installed this but not quite gotten it up and running. I've been feeling the lack of special IPA symbols for Mandarin in the SIL fonts [as wonderful as they are], especially for the retroflex and apical/dental vowels in represented in the Pinyin shi and si. One problem with this fix for Taiwan users is it uses the GB input system for Chinese characters, while we use Big5 in Taiwan. You can overcome this obstacle with a character conversion system like Kanjiweb, but it's an extra procedure to work in and around. Also, this software doesn't seem to have the symbols I'm accustomed to using for the two vowels mentioned above. But this might be a good resource for GB input system users. -KSC)

    ************************************************* Some more sites I found with *************************************************

    (1) Bucknell University (PA): Linguistics 105 and 110 pages

    Links to pages on lots of linguistics-related topics; cybermusic slows down loading time - wish they'd omit this homey feature!

    a. Linguistics 105:

    b. Linguistics 110:

    c. Consonant exercises:

    There is an accompanying 'quiz' but I think it has bugs - e.g. I couldn't find any 'affricates' in the list of possible answers for that question, but the 'answer' said there were two; I don't get it.

    d. Vowel exercises:

    e. Clickable phonemes in a cross-section of the head - linked to from site #1; requires Shockwave; these two take a while to load, especially the consonants.

    e-1. Vowels:

    e-2. Consonants:

    (2) The Mouton Interactive Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology ('sneak preview edition')

    More clickable phonemes in a cross-section of a head; requires Shockwave plug-in. Three demos: (1) IPA pulmonic consonants and (2) cardinal vowels; (3) is on human hearing (only outer ear graphic intro [no sound] is available); worth checking out.

    (3) Georgetown University Intro to Linguistics site

    Links to pages on many linguistic topics, including phonetics/phonology (unfortunately the 'scripts of the world' link seems to be out of order); also links to more collections of links.

    (4) Acoustic cues in differentiating phonemes

    Isolating acoustic cues in phoneme recognition; descriptions, sound files; good companion to chapter 11 of Fry (see (6)).

    (5) Simplified Vowel Synthesis Interface

    Set F0, F1, F2, and duration in ms yourself, and see what you come up with. Links to more complex CV synthesis and general synthesis interfaces.

    ***** (6) Zona Land

    Excellent interactive tutorials on the physics of waves (with links to other seductive physics topics); I find them to be well-matched companions to D. B. Fry's _The Physics of Speech_ (Cambridge - referred to in 4.); example of things you can do at this site: draw two waves yourself then watch how they interfere with each other. VRML plug-in required for some parts. Wow! Highly recommended.***** Contact address:

    (7) Here is another good physics tutorial site with units on waves and decibels; this has dense and very instructive explanatory texts, along with animated graphics; I personally find this better for instructor preparation rather than class use; never mind the occasional typos - the explanations are very detailed and top quality.

    a. waves

    b. decibels

    (8) QuickTime samples of some audible frequencies (100 to 5,000 Hz), along with other information on waves.

    (9) Understanding decibels (From: _Handbook for Acoustic Ecology_) Technical but clear and potentially useful. Sound files.

    (10) Decibel level demo (compare sounds with an increasingly lower decibel level)

    (11) Decibel level list


    And I might as well throw in this tape (with accompanying textbook) I found in our audio-visual library: _The Phonetic Description of Voice Quality_. John Laver. Cambridge University Press. 1980. Contains descriptions and (mostly RP) examples of many different articulatory settings (e.g. nasalized, lip rounding, raised larynx) that affect vocal quality. Not something to listen to straight through in one sitting, but good for examples to play in class.