Will Styler's Homepage

Will Styler

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - University of Michigan Linguistics

Projects and Publications - Collaborators -- Linguistics and Language Links - General Linguistics - Phonetics - IPA - Phonology - Acoustics - Computational Linguistics - Statistics - Syntax - Language Fun

Projects and Publications:

Using Praat for Linguistic Research

A practical guidebook and information package designed to help you use the Praat phonetics software package more effectively in Phonetic or Phonological research. Contains information presented at the 2011 Linguistic Institute’s Praat Workshop.

Notes from a Linguistic Mystic

My personal language blog. Infrequently updated, but it contains many of the crazy analogies I make in teaching linguistics and documents my journey through language and linguistics.

The EnronSent Corpus

A rather large subset of the Enron Email corpus designed to be easily accessible to linguists using unix-based tools. 13,000,000+ words at your beck and call.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Vowels

A (tongue-in-cheek) website, designed to raise awareness of the plight (and true nature) of vowels.

The Online Companion to my 2011 ASA San Diego Poster Presentation

Supplemental Information about "Use of Stimulus Mixing to synthesize a continuum of nasality in Natural Speech", a method of creating nasal stimuli where none previously existed.

Speech is an Elaborate Cover for Widespread Telepathy - Will Styler

A satirical paper in which I attempt to do away with the silly and improbable "speech" theory of language, and replace it with a far simpler option: a species-wide telepathic link.

Establishing the nature of context in speaker vowel space normalization

A page dedicated to my MA thesis, examining how we understand the vowels of unfamiliar speakers

Will's Google Scholar Page

A list of my publications, listing citations as well.

Will Styler's Praat Script Page

This has all of the scripts I distributed with the Praat workshop, and more. Great for cannibalizing code, and learning all the silly things I've done in writing my own scripts.

Collaborators, Colleagues, and Affiliated Institutions:

University of Michigan Linguistics Department

My home department, and the people most often subjected to my linguistics nerdiness.

The University of Colorado Phonetics Lab

The Phonetics lab where I grew up, so to speak.

Dr. Rebecca Scarborough

My Ph.D advisor and frequent collaborator, Dr. Rebecca Scarborough

Dr. Martha Palmer

My (secondary) Ph.D advisor and frequent collaborator, Dr. Martha Palmer.

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.

Phonetics:

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.

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.

A Phonetician's Software Toolkit

This is a blog-post I made some time back, discussing the tools I use(d) for different purposes in phonetic analysis as of 2015.

The International Phonetic Alphabet:

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.

Phonology:

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 short film in fake English

"How English sounds to non-native speakers". Along these same veins, Prisencolinensinainciusol.

Acoustics:

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.

Statistics:

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.

Syntax:

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".