Vol. 13 No.2
Spring/Summer 1999 p. 7
TechTalk - A Column on Technology
Web links to Voice and Speech
a number of requests in the past few months for an article on resources
that might be of use to voice and speech professionals - our own little
Yahoo! you might say. So I spent a few evenings and early mornings putting
together a listing of sites I have used in the past few years. This
is, of course, only a starting place. There are too many sites out there
that might be of interest to voice and speech professionals to list
them all here, but I hope that I will point you to a few that you might
never have thought of. And once you find a site you like, make sure
you Bookmark it, or add it to your Favorites list. This listing is divided
into three categories: Speech, Vocal Anatomy Physiology, and Voice Related
links. The third is really a miscellaneous category and the second could
fill ten newsletters, as the medical industry, which we have to thank
for many of these sites, has embraced the technology of the web. I am
hoping that you won't find your favorite site on this list, and that
will motivate you to email me or VASTAVOX, our listserv, with information
on the URL (the address that follows ), and more importantly what you
like about it. And to make life much easier for you, this list is currently
posted to our VASTA web site,
. Just look for the "Web Links to Voice and Speech" link on our home page and you can click your way to all these sites without having to type a single colon, slash or double-u.
Institute of Linguistics or SIL, has some great software,
information on Linguistics, and free IPA fonts. Contributed
by Michael Barnes.
Phonetic Association: web site The IPA features many great
resources, including information on where to find IPA fonts on the net,
some of which you can get for free!
Sounds of the IPA on CD or audio cassette by J.C. Wells and Jill House, this recording gives you a definitive guide to all the symbols even the strange one youve never seen or heard before. Im not sure when I will ever use the alveolar voiceless ejective stop, but I know what it sounds like now, since I bought my copy!
International Dialects of English Archive, developed by Paul
Meier of the University of Kansas, with assistance by Shawn Muller,
is slowly growing into a resource for dialect coaches everywhere. Featuring
samples recorded in MP3 format (you will need to download a free piece
of software to use the samples), this web site should be on our "to
International Collection of Tongue Twisters if you think
tongue twisters are useful and challenging, try them out in 56 different
languages, including a listing of 257 English tongue twisters.
Vision low cost (including fully functional demo versions
to download) speech therapy software for Windows 95, 98 or NT computers.
Download it and try it out the Vowel Target could be very helpful
for clients/students working on matching vowel sounds (like learning
the vowels in "ask-list" words).
Wicked Good Guide to Boston English want to learn about the
sounds, and most importantly the language of a city, area or town? The
web is your best bet for finding information (usually not terribly scientific)
on the speech of the area in question. This guide on Boston is an excellent
Searches - Search engines, such as www.excite.com,
now feature searches for audio and video files. If you use RealNetworks
RealPlayer G2 to listen to sound, internet audio, radio or video,
you can use one of the search engines to locate sounds from a given
locale. I did a search for "Texas", using the built in search
utility found in my new RealPlayer G2 and found this great page,
The Spirit of Texas, with plenty of sights and sounds of Texas.
Audio Books Interested
in using the RealPlayer to hear examples of RP or GenAm? Free samples
of Audio Books from Broadcast.com let you hear long stretches read by
a native speaker. Classics such as The Pilgrims Progress or
A Tale of Two Cities read aloud perfect for working at
Talk Fans of the National Public Radio show, featuring Click
and Clack the Tappet Brothers (a.k.a. Tom and Ray Magliozzi), will enjoy
this site better yet, their East Cambridge accents are a perfect
source for a Boston sample, served up in RealAudio format.
Vocal Anatomy/Physiology how it all works
for Voice Disorders of Wake Forest University, gives an
overview of voice disorders and then indepth analysis, and pictures
of what each disorder involves.Contributed by Michael
of Laryngeal Pathology a subset of The Center for Voice Disorders
at Wake Forest University (see above) features some gruesome images
and highly detailed information on the disordered voice. From cysts
to gastric reflux issues, this is a great place to start.
Anatomy of the Skeleton want to see what the x-ray of your
ribs would look like? Michael L. Richardson M.D. has put together an
excellent resource of images of the body, divided into modules covering
upper and lower extremity and the spine.
Bones Table Gross Anatomy at the University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences details every bone, its structure and a precise medical
description of those structures. The only flaw is that it might be overwhelmingly
accurate. See their other tables.
also see their Gross Anatomy
Resources, listed at
Tutorials Donal Shanahan, of the Anatomy & Clinical Skills
Centre, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne has put together a number
of superb tutorials on anatomical structure. The navigation of the site
is very clear and the site features some excellent images of the structures
California Orthopaedic Institute Anatomy of the Spine, presented
in lay terms, including detailed information on the structure of the
Tutorial The University of Washington Dept. of Radiology
present Anatomy Modules, in particular an excellent presentation on
the Termporomandibular Joint. With so many students/clients having TMJ
issues, the excellent detail, QuickTime movies, CTs and MRIs of the
TMJ, this site is priceless. Highly recommended.
Anatomy Browser this site features beautiful 3D computer
graphic images of anatomical structures, viewable in MPEG movie format
from all angles, or you can browse your way around the structures, adding
or removing skin, bones, organs, blood vessels, etc. as you please.
Lung Association covering Asthma, Tobacco issues, Smoking
cessation, Air Quality and featuring a Lung Disease A Z, the
ALA site is clear, relevant and useful.
Please note that many other countries, states and provinces have their own excellent Lung organizations. [e.g. the Ontario (Canada) Lung Association is another great example: http://www.on.lung.ca/ ]
Gas Exchange in Humans
cant remember from you high school biology class how the oxygen
and carbon dioxide gases exchange in the body? Why not check in with
Clarenville high schools biology web site for the level of information
youre looking for? A well presented web site with just the right
amount of detail.
Universitys Human Anatomy Course Pharynx and Larynx
information, clearly presented, with lots of clear line drawing of the
structures of the throat.
Voice Related Links
Center for Voice and Speech "The NCVS is interested
in protecting, rehabilitating and enhancing voice and speech." They
site features info on vocal health, research information, fun stuff
and links to other voice sites. Contributed by Michael
VoiceCare Network of interest especially to singers, VoiceCare
does courses in "lifespan voice education for choral conductors,
music educators, church musicians, singing teachers, singers and speech
pathologists". Contributed by Michael Barnes.
Acoustics on the Threshold of the 21st Century
Johan Sundberg shows off a "little shop window of music acoustics,"
based on a talk given in Braunschweig in 1996. Excellent explanation
of formants, with great images and examples, though a little complicated.
/Overtone Singing Page Steve Sklars web page (featured
in previous newsletters) continues to grow, including new QuickTime
movies of Khoomei singers.
for Singers: Dos & Donts University of Pittsburgh
Voice Center presents a list of vocal hygiene tips for singers which
apply to all voice users. A handy reference.
Also see their Common Causes
of Hoarseness page:
featured in a newsletter advertisement earlier in 1998, this
web site gives you information on a new twist on an old method of dealing
with nasal congestion, the netti pot.
Habit to Die For SmithKlineBeecham, makers of NicoDerm CQ,
present an article on the hazards of smoking for the 25% of Americans
Throats: Causes and Cures The American Association of Otolaryngologists
put out this pamphlet, which has been turned into a web page, on the
causes of a sore throat. Simple, clear and handy.
Voice + Speech Source last but not least (I hope) I have
to get in a plug for my own web site. Though it hasnt change much
in the past year, it still serves up what I feel is a useful series
of articles on voice, speech and technology.