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Phonetics: The sounds of spoken languages

Phonetics: The sounds of spoken languages

This site contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of English. Available for each consonant and vowel is an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context. It is intended for students of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language. There is also an interactive diagram of the articulatory anatomy. To find out about how this project was completed see ...

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Rebecca Burns
Rebecca Burns (Content Developer/Instructional Designer)
2 years ago
Outstanding clarity of every aspect of the presentation of each general American English phoneme--animations are especially crisp and useful. The resource is limited, from my point of view, in (1) its flexibility. My interest was to select two contrasting sounds, /i/ and /u/ and to play them one after the other or even side by side so the viewer can clearly see how the tongue moves front to back (as the lips move from spread to rounded). Another limitation in my view is (2) its reliance on key words to illustrate the featured phoneme with no footnoting or starred references to major dialect differences. So, it is a very clean pocket reference to the phonetic features of the general American English phonemes, and may be of use to persons who are not native speakers of English or to students studying for a phonetics exam. If each of the phoneme elements could be selected and dragged into another application, that would make it a 5-star instructional resource in my opinion.
Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
wang dongxing
wang dongxing (Student)
8 years ago


Used in course? Yes