Ultrasound biofeedback in pronunciation teaching and learning

Sonya Bird, Bryan Gick


Ultrasound imaging is an important and increasingly accessible tool for visualizing the speech articulators in pronunciation teaching and learning. In this paper, we start with an overview of the importance of pronunciation in language learning and teaching, and of speech visualization as a tool for supporting pronunciation work in this context. W e then briefly introduce ultrasound imaging as a speech visualization tool and review the history of ultrasound biofeedback in speech research, from clinical studies to second language studies. We follow this with an introduction to some of the available ultrasound systems and their pros and cons and to relevant methodological considerations. We end with a summary of the value of speech visualization in the context of pronunciation teaching and learning.


 DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2018-2

Cite as: Bird, S., Gick, B. (2018) Ultrasound biofeedback in pronunciation teaching and learning. Proc. ISAPh 2018 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics, 5-11, DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2018-2.


@inproceedings{Bird2018,
  author={Sonya Bird and Bryan Gick},
  title={{Ultrasound biofeedback in pronunciation teaching and learning}},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. ISAPh 2018 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics},
  pages={5--11},
  doi={10.21437/ISAPh.2018-2},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/ISAPh.2018-2}
}