"Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generations."
-- Edward Sapir (1921)

Max Bane


[bane at uchicago dot ee dee yu]

I am a PhD student in Linguistics, and a research assistant in the Chicago Language Modeling Lab.
Cheers! Back to my homepage.

My Vocal Tract

MRI midsagittal sections

Each image was acquired by a 21-second FLASH sequence on a 3-Tesla Siemens Trio scanner. Click for high-resolution.

Resting

Here I am in a resting position, breathing through my nose, tongue against the palate, velum lowered. That dent in my ample neck-fat is from the "bird-cage" contraption that was stabilizing my head.

[a]

Producing the low, back, unrounded vowel in "father", holding it steady for the 21 seconds of image acquisition.

[i]

Producing the high, front, unrounded vowel in "free".

[u]

Producing the high, back, rounded vowel in "foo".

[o]

Producing the mid-high, back, rounded vowel in "low", as a steady-state monophthong (no off-glide).

Syllabic [r] (rhoticized schwa)

Producing the syllabic [r] in "fur". Note lip-rounding, and bunched tongue (not retroflex).