Seeing speech

The resource provides ultrasound tongue imaging (UTI) and lip video of speech, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) video of speech, and 2D midsagittal head animations based on MRI and UTI data.

IPA chart with ultrasound video for central close rounded vowel open.
IPA chart with ultrasound video for central close rounded vowel open.

Seeing Speech is an interactive International Phonetic Association (IPA) chart website. Clicking on the IPA symbols on the charts allows you to listen to their sounds and see vocal-organ movements imaged with ultrasound, MRI, or in animated form. The website contains two main resources: An introduction to UTI, MRI vocal tract imaging techniques and information about the production of the articulatory animations and clickable International Phonetic Association charts links to UTI, MRI and animated speech articulator video. The resource is a product of the collaboration between researchers at six Scottish Universities: the University of Glasgow, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Strathclyde, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen. The resource provides teachers and students of practical Phonetics with ultrasound tongue imaging (UTI) and lip video of speech, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) video of speech, and 2D midsagittal head animations based on MRI and UTI data.

Project website: https://www.seeingspeech.ac.uk/


Main contact: Jane Stuart-Smith

Developers: Brian AitkenIain Edmonds

Start year: 2011

End year: 2019

Funded by: AHRCCarnegie Trust

Subject area: English Language & Linguistics

Keywords: Digital CataloguePhoneticsVisualisation

Record last updated 2019-12-19