SPCV Publications - General Linguistics - Phonetics - The IPA - Phonology - Acoustics - Computational - Statistics - Fun with Language - Syntax
Publications of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Vowels:
A list of my personal sites, as well as other links which pertain to me personally.
The LSA is a staunch supporter of all things vocalic.
A wonderful blog discussing language in the news, in society, and in general.
This is a truly wonderful project dedicated to mapping features of languages onto languages and their locations in the world. A great way to lose some hours.
A good resource for getting your linguistics questions answered.
Lots of good information and sound files for IPA charts.
Want sound files for various languages? UCLA can help!
My tutorial for using Praat to accomplish all sorts of phonetic tasks, complete with pages of explanation of why Praat does some of the funny things it does.
This is a great resource when learning the IPA, to help you visualize just what’s going on in the mouth and throat.
Recorded in 1962, an X-Ray film of Ken Stevens speaking.
Wonderful MRI movies of people speaking, great for visualizing speech. Watch movie7 for a wonderful MRI of somebody singing.
MRI video of an operatic singer and a hiphop emcee singing and beatboxing. Wonderful, and longer than the clips above
Another great list of phonetics and phonology resources, with many more than I have here.
The best way to learn Non-English pronunciation, complete with sound files, exercises, and more!
A great (and somewhat graphic) video of the vocal folds in use, both with normal lighting and stroboscopy.
Four singers performing with endoscopes inserted, showing, the vocal folds as they sing, cleverly edited. Non-stroboscopic.
Modeling the vocal tract during vowel production using a variety of physical reconstructions. With video and audio.
This creepy little thing is capable of modeling vowels in a flexible vocal tract by moving a series of mechanical actuators, and even has nasality. Watch for the little flappy velum lever in the back.
The International Phonetic Alphabet:
A wonderful IPA chart website, with sound!
Yet another IPA chart site. Also awesome, also sonically enabled.
Another great IPA learning resource.
Ever needed Unicode entity codes for IPA symbols? Well, here you go.
Are you on a Mac? Do you use the IPA? This is an up-to-date guide on how to unite the two in holy fontrimony.
This is a really great resource for if you need to type out IPA, but don’t have a keyboard layout installed on your current machine.
Great information about regional accents in American English.
A quick and easy interface to the UCLA Phonological Segment Inventory Database.
A wonderful resource for those interested in foreign and regional accents in English.
An online tool giving the distinctive features of different speech sounds in a variety of different languages.
Government Phonology is absolutely fascinating (albeit in its own, quirky way), and this is a good, open collection of materials.
“How English sounds to non-native speakers”. Along these same veins, Prisencolinensinainciusol.
A tool to generate a real-time FFT spectral slice and waveform, plus the ability to “waterfall” the FFTs, showing a sort of 3D Spectrogram. Mac Installation Instructions
This is a wonderful way to visualize sound.
A good introduction to room acoustics and the sorts of things you might have to do to make your lab or recording area sound better.
A tool to calculate the room mode for any given space. Very nicely done.
Great animations for teaching (and learning) acoustics.
The best tutorial on positioning loudspeakers in a room (for music) that I’ve found.
A selection of excellent short articles about topics in audio, acoustics and loudspeaker design. Especially useful is the Truth about cables and interconnects.
Not acoustics, strictly speaking, but this is a full course on working with electricity which covers ideas like vacuum tubes, amplifiers, wave generation, and other topics which are useful to have some exposure to.
Computational and Corpus Linguistics:
Search word frequencies in every book in the Google Books Corpus, viewing frequencies over time as well as comparing the distributions of different words over time. Try “war”, “hippies”, and “inflammable vs. flammable”.
See which search terms correlate (temporally) with which other terms.
Some additional Computational and Corpus Linguistics bookmarks from the author.
A tool which automatically guesses the language of a given text. Useful!
The best statistics software out there also happens to be the free-est.
A wonderful site for learning to do basic analyses using R.
Statistical Vowel Normalization tools. Great for vowel formant height comparisons, but use it responsibly. Remember, vowels want to be their individual selves, and normalizing is getting rid of some potentially useful data.
The best means I’ve found for drawing syntax trees (well, without using LaTeX)
Fun with Language:
A Massive collection of Tongue Twisters, great for phonetic analysis and confusion.
Every week, they end the show with a series of bad puns (“Our asphalt contractor is Luciano Pavearoadi…”). This is a listing of all of them, magnificent for use in terrible pun transcription assignments.
This is a program, designed for playing tabletop RPGs, that runs a given text through an automated translation API X number of times given a dice roll, thus turning otherwise understandable words into gibberish.
A term that far more people need to know about.
A song which sounds like it’s entirely and convincingly in English, except for the little fact that it’s all gibberish.
This is just wonderful.
A song written and processed to have understandable and interpretable lyrics played both forwards and backwards. Impressive!
The Bible, in LOLCat (albeit a very fluent dialect of it). What more is there to say?
Converts English text (or whole websites) into “Redneck, Jive, Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef, Moron, Pig Latin, or Hacker.” A minute or two of laughs, and a few hours of discussion as to the sociolinguistics of the choices made in “translation”.