Phonetics resources

Page maintained by Jennifer Smith (jlsmith AT email DOT unc DOT edu)

Last revision and link check: August 2015

Links added since July 2014 are flagged with [new]; see sections (0), (2), (3), (8), (10), (11), and (13).

This is a list of web sites that might be useful in an introductory phonetics course for classroom demos or homework assignments; most of these sites include audio, images, or interactive material. The list began in 2000 with some of the phonetics resources compiled by Karen Steffen Chung (see LINGUIST List posts 11.1812, 11.1869, and 11.1964). It has grown to include other sites that I have found via LINGUIST List posts, web searches, and word-of-mouth — students in my Linguistic Phonetics and Introduction to Language courses have discovered some fantastic links. Many thanks to the people and organizations who designed the sites that appear on this list and made their work available online, and to Jaye Padgett for suggesting that I investigate what phonetics resources might be out there.

If you find any broken links, please let me know (jlsmith AT email DOT unc DOT edu). I would also welcome suggestions for links to add to this page. (See also my Linguistics resources page for resources beyond phonetics.)

This page was chosen as Speechwoman's Speech-Language Pathology Site of the Month for May 2011!

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) Properties of consonants
(8) Audio examples of individual speech sounds
(9) Audio examples of non-English words and texts
(10) Dialects and accents of English
(11) IPA resources: charts, symbols, transcription, fonts
(12) Prosody, 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

2.1 Anatomy of the larynx

2.2 Images of the larynx

2.3 Voicing, phonation types, 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) Properties of consonants

(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 "mainstream" 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 in (8.3); see (10) for more on a range of dialects and accents of English.)

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

9.1 Multiple languages

9.2 Individual languages (a sample of convenience)

(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 and Australia English

(11) IPA resources: charts, symbols, transcription, fonts

11.1 IPA charts and general information

11.2 Practice with IPA symbols and transcription

11.3 IPA fonts

11.4 Typing and displaying IPA characters

(12) Prosody, 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