Reel, real, rial
June 7, 2014 9:40 AM   Subscribe

I approve of this post. Because I think everyone needs to know all about all the various bilabial sounds and their visualizations.
posted by bilabial at 9:57 AM on June 7, 2014 [6 favorites]

I too approve of this post.
posted by languagehat at 10:07 AM on June 7, 2014

Reel, real, rial

Flower, flour.
posted by charlie don't surf at 10:19 AM on June 7, 2014

As a phonetician I approve of this post (even though I can't see the videos because the internet is too bad at my field site).

The IPA - and the basic articulatory phonetics built into it - is so useful for anyone who needs to write coherent descriptions of how speech sounds are pronounced, either in their own language or others. You simply can't do it without basic articulatory phonetics.

Anyway, videos are great - but if you want to hear more sounds, including non-English ones, there are several IPA in audio websites out there. Click on an IPA symbol, and you'll hear it pronounced. Here's the one that pops up when you search "IPA in audio."

(My favorites are the lateral fricatives.)
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 10:53 AM on June 7, 2014 [2 favorites]

Useful and beautiful.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:11 PM on June 7, 2014

Teaching goldmine! I love it. Very cool, thanks for sharing.
posted by ootandaboot at 7:59 PM on June 7, 2014

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