Forms of Sounds as Shown on an Oscilloscope by Roulette Figures

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Science  13 Dec 1963:
Vol. 142, Issue 3598, pp. 1455-1456
DOI: 10.1126/science.142.3598.1455


It has been found that with an oscilloscope driven through a simple network of two resistors and two capacitors it is possible to produce recognizable pictures from speech sounds. These pictures thus become a natural phonetic alphabet, with which both standard pronunciation and the nuances of dialect and accent can be represented. While a given speech sound has certain invariant characteristics, it has also an overlay of accent, which can be represented in the alphabetic character. It is suggested that the technique may be useful in teaching deaf children to speak.