The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Vowels

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:

Publications of the SPCV and its founder, Will Styler > A list of my personal sites, as well as other links which pertain to me personally.

General Linguistics:

The Linguistic Society of America > The LSA is a staunch supporter of all things vocalic.

Language Log > A wonderful blog discussing language in the news, in society, and in general.

The World Atlas of Language Structures > 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.

Linguistics StackExchange > A good resource for getting your linguistics questions answered.


The UCLA Phonetics Lab Teaching Materials Homepage > Lots of good information and sound files for IPA charts.

The UCLA Phonetics Archive > Want sound files for various languages? UCLA can help!

Using Praat for Linguistic Research > 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. > Will Styler's Praat Script Page > A bunch of Praat scripts that I wrote or modified which you might find useful.

Interactive Sagittal Section > This is a great resource when learning the IPA, to help you visualize just what's going on in the mouth and throat.

Ken Stevens X-Ray Speech Film > Recorded in 1962, an X-Ray film of Ken Stevens speaking.

MRI Movies of Speech > Wonderful MRI movies of people speaking, great for visualizing speech. Watch movie7 for a wonderful MRI of somebody singing.

The Diva and the Emcee > MRI video of an operatic singer and a hiphop emcee singing and beatboxing. Wonderful, and longer than the clips above

Jennifer Smith's Online Phonetic Resources site > Another great list of phonetics and phonology resources, with many more than I have here.

Smalley's Manual of Articulatory Phonetics (interactive site) > The best way to learn Non-English pronunciation, complete with sound files, exercises, and more!

Anatomical Tutorial During Trans-nasal Endoscopy > A great (and somewhat graphic) video of the vocal folds in use, both with normal lighting and stroboscopy.

Glottal Opera > Four singers performing with endoscopes inserted, showing, the vocal folds as they sing, cleverly edited. Non-stroboscopic.

Vocal Tract Models > Modeling the vocal tract during vowel production using a variety of physical reconstructions. With video and audio.

A bizzare robotic vocal tract > 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:

Kristian Skarbø’s IPA Chart > A wonderful IPA chart website, with sound!

Peter Ladefoged’s IPA Chart > Yet another IPA chart site. Also awesome, also sonically enabled.

Jonathan Dowse's Clickable IPA Chart > Another great IPA learning resource.

Unicode Entity Codes for IPA Symbols > Ever needed Unicode entity codes for IPA symbols? Well, here you go.

Using IPA Fonts with OS X: The Comprehensive Guide > 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.

i2speak Free Online IPA Keyboard > 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.


A Phonological Atlas of North America > Great information about regional accents in American English.

A Simple UPSID interface > A quick and easy interface to the UCLA Phonological Segment Inventory Database.

The Speech Accent Archive > A wonderful resource for those interested in foreign and regional accents in English.

Introduction to Segmental Phonology > An online tool giving the distinctive features of different speech sounds in a variety of different languages.

A Collection of Government Phonology Papers > Government Phonology is absolutely fascinating (albeit in its own, quirky way), and this is a good, open collection of materials.

A short film in fake English > "How English sounds to non-native speakers". Along these same veins, Prisencolinensinainciusol.


Sndpeek > 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

Ruben's Tube > This is a wonderful way to visualize sound.

Acoustic Treatment and Design > 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.

Room Mode Calculator > A tool to calculate the room mode for any given space. Very nicely done.

Acoustics and Vibration Animations > Great animations for teaching (and learning) acoustics.

Master-Set Speaker Setup > The best tutorial on positioning loudspeakers in a room (for music) that I've found.

Elliott Sound Products: The Audio Pages > A selection of excellent short articles about topics in audio, acoustics and loudspeaker design. Especially useful is the Truth about cables and interconnects.

United States Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series - NEETS > 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:

Google’s NGram Viewer > 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".

Google Correlate > See which search terms correlate (temporally) with which other terms.

Additional Computational and Corpus Linguistics Bookmarks > Some additional Computational and Corpus Linguistics bookmarks from the author.

TextCat Language Guesser > A tool which automatically guesses the language of a given text. Useful!


R Statistics Software > The best statistics software out there also happens to be the free-est.

Using R for statistical analysis > A wonderful site for learning to do basic analyses using R.

The NORM Vowel Normalization Suite > 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.


phpSyntaxTree > The best means I've found for drawing syntax trees (well, without using LaTeX)

Fun with Language:

1st International Collection of Tongue Twisters > A Massive collection of Tongue Twisters, great for phonetic analysis and confusion.

NPR's Car Talk Staff Credits Listing > 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.

The RPG Mistranslator > 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.

The Heavy Metal Umlaut > A term that far more people need to know about.

Prisencolinensinainciusol > A song which sounds like it's entirely and convincingly in English, except for the little fact that it's all gibberish.

Learn Lakota with the Lakota Berenstain Bears > This is just wonderful.

Mew - Nervous Terrain ForwardsBackwards > A song written and processed to have understandable and interpretable lyrics played both forwards and backwards. Impressive!

The LOLCat Bible Translation project > The Bible, in LOLCat (albeit a very fluent dialect of it). What more is there to say?

The Dialectizer > 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".