Resources: New (to LingEducator) Links for Learning about the IPA

Students learning the IPA in English will find this page useful. Not only does it give the consonant and vowel charts, but it also gives example words for each vowel

They may also appreciate the information given in this website, which allows you to download a guide to the learning the IPA:

And this slide show (from Ohio State) provides a good overview of why we have three major areas of phonetics (Acoustics, Articulatory, and Auditory):

Those students are interested in the naming conventions for these symbols, may want to check out the Wikipediat page on this topic, which (at the time of this post) is good, but could be more complete:

And, of course, be sure to check out the other links we have on the LingEducator Phonetics/Phonology page.

Thanks to everybody who has been posting these wonderful resources online, you and/or your students should have a much easier time learning the IPA.


About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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2 Responses to Resources: New (to LingEducator) Links for Learning about the IPA

  1. David Bowie says:

    I like to point my students to York University’s IPA charts with audio, available through The diphthong charts are worse than useless, but the others are rather helpful.

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