The Use of MRI and Ultrasound Technology in Teaching About Spanish (and General) Phonetics and Pronunciation
- D.Eric Holt (University of South Carolina)
To teach pronunciation, it is useful for students to learn about articulatory phonetics, and to practice manipulating features of consonants and vowels. While diagrams are often presented to achieve this, these are static, and it is helpful to visualize movements of articulators via useful companions such as websites that involve functional MRI and ultrasound technology. One limitation of these is that they only present someone else's production. While fMRI is not currently a practical tool for classroom use, ultrasound technology may aid the student during the production of many potentially problematic speech sounds. In this teaching tip, an overview of online fMRI and ultrasound tools is given, with indications of their practical application.
How to Cite:
Holt, D., (2017) “The Use of MRI and Ultrasound Technology in Teaching About Spanish (and General) Phonetics and Pronunciation”, Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Proceedings 9(1).