Lingual incompressibility

One of the underlying techniques in the production of vowel sounds – such as present in “oooh” “aaaaah” “eeeeh”  etc –  is to raise the tongue root. But how is this actually accomplished in practice? Answers were provided courtesy of the linguistics department of the City University of New York, in 1977 – at the […]

Gerbil psychoacoustics update

There are new clues in the quest for a fully coherent theory of the perception and neural representation of size-variant human vowels in the Mongolian gerbil. Previous investigations in the US (see: Improbable Research, January 15th, 2010) found that Mongolian gerbils can easily be trained to recognise vowel sounds in human speech. Now, however, Uwe […]