Seeing sounds – create your own soundwave name tag!

Speech is of course something you can hear, but did you know that you can also see speech sounds? Language researchers can make speech visible with a speech tag, or spectrogram. At our demo you can produce a spectrogram of your own name. The graph will then be printed as a sticker and you can wear it as a name tag for the festival.
You’ll be able to see that when someone talks, you don’t hear the different speech sounds separately, you hear them as continuous speech. Speech is sort of a bead necklace with different sounds instead of beads. We’ll show you how you can separate the sounds of your soundwave name tag and explain why they differ. In this way you’ll be able to see and hear every sound separately.

Researcher involved: Laurel Brehm, Max Planck Institute

All day

2 years and over


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