B. Online Phonetics Courses and tutorials
To expand the educational content of the Association’s webpage and to meet the demands from people who are not in a position to take a regular phonetics course and want to teach themselves, as well as beginner students interested in self-study, we provide links to the following tutorials and self-study courses.
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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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- The IPA does not guarantee the maintenance or validity of these sites, but provides the links as a general service to the Phonetics community.
B.1 Standalone self-study tools
- Course materials by Robert Mannell and Felicity Cox, 2015, Macquarie University. Including Phonetics and Phonology, speech acoustics, speech physiology, speech perception and psychoacoustics, speech synthesis, and Australian accents.
- A stand-alone course on phonetics by Kevin Russell, University of Manitoba, 2005.
- Phonetics workbook by Keith Johnson, University of California, Berkeley. Collection of interactive on-line exercises for self-study and to accompany college textbooks.
- Phonetics Tutorials from University College London by John Maidment. Tutorials on voicing, VOT, plosives, and phonetic transcription (Phonetic Flash). The other links are broken or not being maintained.
- Stand-alone courses in Speech Sciences, Phonetics, Experimental Phonetics and Web Programming for research in phonetics and psychology, UCL Psychology and Language Sciences.
- Tutorials on acoustics, digitized sounds and synthesis by H. Timothy Bunnell, University of Delaware. The section on ‘Synthesis’ allows you to synthesize single sounds and CV syllables with Klatt by specifying amplitude of voicing (AV), amplitude of hiss (AH), smoothed voicing (AVS), f0, F1, F2 and F3 over time
- Informative tutorial on voice production, from the National Center for Voice and Speech
- Phonetics website by Sidney Wood (2011). It includes informative sections on historical phonetics, articulation, basic acoustic concepts, and description and data on regional varieties of British English
- Transcription tutorial of English texts accompanied by sound files and British phonemic transcription, by John Maidment
- Website to practice phonological transcription by Paul Carley. You can listen to the recordings and check the parallel transcription. The author provides useful notes
- General phonetics production (English and nonsense words in transcription) and transcription practice from the University of Sheffield and Birmingham City University
- Prosody on the Web: Tutorials on English intonation by John Maidment. Tutorials on (1) dividing into tone units (tonality), and (2) identifying the tonic syllable (tonicity).
- Online intonation (OI) by John Maidment. Interactive practice material to identify intonation patterns in English utterances
- Place the Tonic (PLATO) by John Maidment. Interactive practice material to identify the tonic syllable in English utterances ⊗
- An online course on transcribing prosody with ToBI
B.2 Phonetics coursebooks with online materials
- Online materials that accompany P. Ladefoged & S. Disner’s Vowels and Consonants. 3rd edition
- P. Ladefoged & K. Johnson’s A Course in Phonetics. 7th edition
- P. Ladefoged’s A Course in Phonetics
- Online exercises to accompany E. Zsiga’s The Sounds of Language: An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology