Discovering Speech, Words, and Mind

by Dani Byrd and Toben H. Mintz


Chapter 1


What Is 'Correct' Language?
by Edward Finegan


Chapter 2: Section 1

Real-time MRI movies from USC SPAN [sail.usc.edu/span]
"Lena wanted a medicine for malaria" "These are the movements that shape the speech sounds"


Real-time MRI and the Sounds of English

sail consonant link

Vowel Overlay Figure in Color

color overlay vowels
Image: Mark Tiede


Audacity: The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor

Manner Waveforms

Click the soundwave images for the corresponding sound, or play the whole series using the player below the images

waveforms plays ada file play sound aza

[ada], [aza], [adZa], [ana] [a]


Two pronunciations of "hidden" from the same speaker


Two words from the same speaker
Daddy Danny

Transcription Exercises from Louis Goldstein

[note: yes, the answers are available on the Web; but the benefit is in doing these by yourself first]


Waveform Excercise (see p. 48)


(top) waveform of bad bad ipa
(bottom) waveform of pad pad ipa

Can you align the sounds in the transcription with the
appropriate intervals in each waveform by drawing lines separating and labeling each portion of the waveform? Where is the oral release? Where does vowel voicing begin?

Chapter 2: Section 2

The Violin

Exploratorium: Vocal Vowels

Source Filter Theory--Louis Goldstein

Chapter 2: Part 3

How the Ear Works

The Sense of Hearing

Chapter 3

UCLA Phonetics Lab Data Index of Languages

UCLA Phonetics Lab Data Index of Sounds

English Around the World

Movie from Peter Ladefoged

Japanese: [okasan, oka:san, ok:asan]

Armenian VOT
[bar] [par] [phar]

Chapter 4

Demonstrations of the effects of noise on discerning differences between two sets of data

Chapter 5

Our perceptual systems use contextual cues to interpret ambiguous information

Haskins Laboratory's Pattern Playback machine

The McGurk Effect

Chapter 7

Mark Liberman's Linguistic form in art and play: language games, song, verse


Chapter 9

Browse ASL Signs

Chapter 10

Experiments With a Split Brain Patient

Chapter 11


House Ear Institute: Audio Demos

Wired Magazine: My Bionic Quest for Bolero by Michael Chorost

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, fact sheet number 11 (FS11), January 2004.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Occupational Health and Safety Administration— Safety and Health Topics Noise and Hearing Conservation

Common Misconceptions about Hearing
by Marek Roland-Mieszkowsk

No child is too young for a hearing test. No child is too young for hearing aids. Once a loss is identified, it is imperative to act immediately. Intervention in the first six months makes a huge difference.

Chapter 12

How Should Reading Be Taught?