Reading lips and tongues

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From a colleague in the Netherlands:

A student of mine has developed a questionnaire in order to assess how good people are in reading lips and tongue movement. Since I think effects are relatively small, it would be good to get many people judging the short movies.

The stimuli are animations derived from electromagnetic articulography, as shown below:

The link to the experiment is here.


  1. SamC said,

    February 24, 2016 @ 3:50 pm

    Very cool, but I wish the people modeling the lips and tongue movements were native speakers. Well I'll be honest – I wish they spoke with the same accent I do. It was especially hard to distinguish some of their vowels (e.g. bet vs bit)

  2. Lisa_mona said,

    February 24, 2016 @ 5:58 pm

    I was surprised that I got so many or them right! Even being a francophone, my linguistic training is showing :D

    I was frustrated to never see full lip closure, but I guess that is what happen when you have electrodes coming out of your mouth.

  3. Martha said,

    February 24, 2016 @ 10:06 pm

    I did terrible at that, especially the vowels.

  4. John Swindle said,

    February 25, 2016 @ 6:08 pm

    When I see people talk I don't usually notice colored diagrams, and when animated characters talk elsewhere in the cartoons they often articulate like fish.

    And I agree with your colleague's student that the visual effects of speaking would be pretty limited. Deaf people, people deaf from birth or thereabouts, tell us that flapping mouths isn't in itself a great way to communicate. Like signing with the elbows, I'd say.

    More of us, of course, have more limited, later onset, high frequency hearing loss. Vowels may come through in the audio channel, and if we have good lighting and wear our glasses and watch carefully we can "hear" a lot of the consonants. Just personal observations, of course.

  5. S. Norman said,

    February 26, 2016 @ 11:50 am

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