Links to Phonetics Resources

A. Links to Phonetics Resources

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The IPA is grateful to the members of the Education Committee who compiled many of these links and added their comments.


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A.1 Learning the IPA symbols

A.2 IPA symbols, phonetics fonts, and languages illustrated

A.3 Pronouncing dictionaries

A.4 Articulatory phonetics

Vocal-tract diagrams
The speaking vocal tract
The larynx, phonation, and VOT

A.5 Speech acoustics

A.6 Speech perception

A.7 Phonetics databases and atlases

  • Sound inventories
    • User interface to the UCLA Phonological Segment Inventory Database (UPSID) compiled by Ian Maddieson and Kristin Precoda. You can search for sound segments and segment frequency in 451 languages. Interface created by Henning Reetz, University of Frankfurt.
    • PHOIBLE is a repository of cross-linguistic phonological inventory data by S. Moran and D. McCloy. Users can search segments, tones, sound inventories and language families and view them on the map
      PHOIBLE includes an online interface to UPSID:
    • The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) is an interactive database of phonological, grammatical and lexical properties of languages by M. Dryer, Matthew & M. Haspelmath. The user can search for inventories, segments, features, tones, stress and any combination of features and view them on the map
  • Spoken corpora
    • UCLA Phonetics Lab Language Archive, recordings of over 200 languages from around the world. Materials comprise audio recordings, phonetic transcriptions, and original field notes
    • Speech databases from University College London. Corpora of spoken English, other European languages, and disfluent speech. Compilations of speech data available for researchers and students. These databases are not free
    • The Buckeye Corpus of conversational speech, Ohio State University. Recordings from 40 speakers in Columbus OH. The speech is orthographically transcribed and phonetically labeled. The audio and text files, together with time-aligned phonetic labels, are stored in a format for use with speech analysis software (Xwaves and Wavesurfer)
    • International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA). Recordings of English dialects and accents from around the world. Read standard passages and unscripted speech, with demographic data of the speakers
    • Map Task Corpus. Collection of digitally recorded annotated dialogues and citation forms in several languages. Human Communication Research Centre, University of Edinburgh
    • The IViE corpus, English intonation in the British Isles. Audio files and associated materials of nine urban dialects of British English
    • Linguistic data consortium makes available language corpora and tools for a license fee. Click on ‘Language resources’ and ‘Data’
  • Atlas of North American English by W. Labov, S. Ash and Ch. Boberg. It illustrates phonetics, phonology and sound-change in American English dialects, as well as the principles and methods of dialect study
  • Speaking atlas of the regional languages of France and Italy. The ‘North wind and the sun’ fable spoken in the different dialects and languages of France and Italy.
  • Sound Comparisons: Exploring Diversity in Phonetics Across Language Families, from the Max Planck and Harvard Research Center. Sound files and transcriptions of the different pronunciations of the 'same' 100 words ('cognates') across a language family. Ten language families illustrated. Place the mouse over any map or table to hear the word

A.8 Links to lists of resources and online demonstrations