We are very grateful to Sharynne McLeod, Sadanand Singh and Plural Publishing for allowing us to share the title of their book, Seeing Speech, which we recommend as a very useful tool for the student of phonetics.
This online resource is a product of the collaboration between researchers at six Scottish Universities: The University of Glasgow, Queen Margaret University, Napier University, the University of Strathclyde, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen. The resource will provide teachers and students of Practical Phonetics with ultrasound tongue imaging (UTI) video of speech, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) video of speech and 2D midsagittal head animations based on MRI and UTI data. The first phase of this resource began in July 2011 and was completed in September 2013. Further funding was obtained to improve and augment this resource and its sister site Dynamic Dialects, with work beginning in January 2014 and due to be completed in April 2015.
The website contains two main resources:
- An introduction to UTI, MRI vocal tract imaging techniques and information about the production of the articulatory animations.
- Clickable International Phonetic Association charts links to UTI, MRI and animated speech articulator video.
We would like to thank the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland for funding the development of the initial resource and the Arts and Humanities Research Council for providing funding to augment this resource. We also wish to thank the University of Glasgow and University College London for providing Web design expertise, Queen Margaret University for allowing use of their ultrasound tongue imaging recording studios, the Clinical Research Imaging Centre Edinburgh for their expertise and help with MRI recordings, Steve Cowen of the CASL lab for his technical assistance during MRI recordings, Napier University's School of Computing for producing the articulatory animations, Alan Wrench of Articulate instruments for his help and advice. We would also like to thank Dr Janet Beck of Queen Margaret University and Dr John Esling of the University of Victoria for contributing audio and articulatory recordings of modeled speech sounds.
The project team:
- Principal Investigator: Prof. Jane Stuart-Smith (University of Glasgow)
- Co-I: Prof. James Scobbie (Queen Margaret University)
- Research Associate and Project consultant:Dr Eleanor Lawson(University of Glasgow)
- Research Associate: Dr Satsuki Nakai (University of Glasgow)
- Animator: Dr. Gregory Leplatre (Napier University)
- Co-I: and Digital Humanities specialist David Beavan (University College London)
- Computing Officer: Flora Edmonds (University of Glasgow)
- Web Designer and Developer: Iain Edmonds (University of Glasgow)
- Co-I: Prof. Alice Turk (University of Edinburgh)
- Co-I: Claire Timmins (University of Strathclyde)
- Co-I: Dr Mercedes Durham (University of Cardiff)
- Co-I: Dr Will Barras (University of Aberdeen)
How to refer to this resource:
Lawson, E., J. Stuart-Smith, J. M. Scobbie, S. Nakai (2015). Seeing Speech: an articulatory web resource for the study of Phonetics. University of Glasgow. 1st April 2015. http://seeingspeech.ac.uk