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Resources for People Interested in Festival Outreach

How-to Videos

Syntactic Ambiguity Activity: Learn how to do our activity on syntactic ambiguity.

Speech Analysis Activity: Learn how to do our activity on speech analysis.


Language Maps

Langscape: Interactive language map with additional resources (University of Maryland)

Ethnologue: Languages of the world map

Modern Language Association: Languages of the United States map


Audio files of languages and accents

Omniglot: Audio files of phrases in many languages and examples of different writing scripts

Speech Accent Archive: Audio files of different accents of English


Phonetics resources

PRAAT: Free software for analyzing speech

Interactive chart of the International Phonetic Alphabet

Interactive vocal tract (University of Iowa)


Favorite videos

Vocal cords of four singers

MRI scan of a beatboxer

MRI scan of an opera singer

Xhosa tongue twister


Literature on Scientific Outreach   

Fenichel, M. and Schweingruber, H.A. (2010). Surrounded by science: Learning science in informal environments. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Bell, P., Lewenstein, B., Shouse, A, and Feder, M. (2009). Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits. National Academies Press.

Heath, C. and Heath, D. (2007). Made to stick: Why some ideas survive and others die. New York, NY: Random House.

McKee, C., Zimmer, E., and Huang, H. (Jan 9, 2015). Linguistics at Festivals. Symposium Poster and Panel Discussion (Linguistics for Everyone: Tools and Tips for Do-It-Yourself-Ers). Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting.

Zimmer, E., Huang, H., and McKee, C. (Nov 7, 2014). Who’s got the banana?. Symposium Poster (Linguistics for Everyone: Engaging a broader public for the scientific study of language acquisition). Boston University Conference on Language Development.