Online phonetics resources

Page maintained by Jennifer Smith (jlsmith |A|T| email |D|O|T| unc |D|O|T| edu)

Last revision and link check: August 2012

Links added since November 2011 are flagged with [NEW]; see sections (1), (3), (4), (5), (6), (8), (9), (10), and (13).

This is a list of web sites that could be appropriate for use in an introductory phonetics course; most of these sites include audio, images, or interactive material. The list includes a number of items from the list of phonetics sites compiled by Karen Steffen Chung (see LINGUIST List posts 11.1812, 11.1869, and 11.1964). It also includes other sites that have been discussed on the LINGUIST list, sites I have found from web searches, and sites that people have told me about. Many thanks to the people and organizations who designed the sites that appear on this list and made their work available on the web.

If you find any broken links, please let me know (jlsmith |A|T| email |D|O|T| unc |D|O|T| edu). I would also welcome suggestions for links to add to this page.

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Contents

(0) Whole phonetics courses with considerable online materials
(1) Vocal-tract diagrams
(2) The larynx, phonation, and VOT
(3) The vocal tract in action: video clips and animations
(4) Basic acoustics
(5) Spectrograms, acoustic phonetics, and speech synthesis
(6) Speech perception and audiology
(7) Extra practice, tutorials, and self-tests
(8) Audio examples of individual speech sounds
(9) Audio files of non-English words and texts
(10) Dialects and accents of English
(11) IPA resources: charts, fonts
(12) Tone and intonation
(13) Other useful resources for phonetics/phonology

(0) Whole phonetics courses with considerable online materials

      (Relevant subunits also referenced in other sections of this document)

(1) Vocal-tract diagrams

(2) The larynx, phonation, and VOT

(3) The vocal tract in action: video clips and animations

(4) Basic acoustics

(5) Spectrograms, acoustic phonetics, and speech synthesis

5.1 Spectrograms

5.2 Acoustic phonetics and the source-filter model

5.3 Synthetic speech

5.4 Vowel plotting software

(6) Speech perception and audiology

6.1 Sound and hearing

6.2 Online demos of speech perception experiments

6.3 Audiovisual speech perception (McGurk effect, etc.)

(7) Extra practice, tutorials, and self-tests

      (Additional tutorials are listed in (2) and (4))

7.1 IPA symbols and transcription

7.2 Properties of consonants

7.3 Prosody

(8) Audio examples of individual speech sounds

8.1 Interactive IPA charts with illustrative sound files

8.2 Speech sounds illustrated in isolation

8.3 Speech sounds illustrated in context (words)

8.4 Individual sounds of English

The sites in this section have audio files of individual sounds from the inventories of "mainstream" US and British English. (English sounds are also covered in the Ladefoged links above; see (10) for more on various dialects and accents of English.)

(9) Audio files of non-English words and texts

9.1 Multiple languages

9.2 Individual languages

(10) Dialects and accents of English

      (For IPA symbols and audio files of single speech sounds found in English, see under (8.4))

10.1 English worldwide

10.2 USA English

10.3 Canadian English

10.4 UK English

10.5 New Zealand English

(11) IPA resources: charts, fonts

      (For transcription practice, see under (7))

11.1 IPA charts and general information

11.2 IPA fonts

11.3 Typing and displaying IPA characters

(12) Tone and intonation

(13) Other useful resources for phonetics/phonology

13.1 Online glossaries of phonetics/phonology/linguistics terms

13.2 Resources for language typology and linguistic universals

13.3 Other resources