Semivowels app, authored by Fred D. Minifie, Ph.D, provides valuable instructional/clinical tools for speech-language pathologists, otolaryngologists, speech scientists, linguists, teachers of singing and other professionals. The app includes three nasal, four non-nasal (with three /r/ variants) consonant dynamic animations with sound plus a key view for each of the tongue shape and placement for the structural movements involved in the production of the consonants of American English.

• Anatomy ID: as each part is touched, the part highlights and the part name and description text changes. Description text shows or hides on demand .

 ◊ Anatomy view - 26 parts, includes nose, mouth and throat structure ID. Zoom and pans.

• Highlight View: key view of the tongue shape and placement for three nasal, four non-nasal (with three /r/ variants) consonants of American English.

 ◊ Nasal: /m/, /n/, /ŋ/ Non-nasal: /w/, /j/, /l/, /r/ (three variants on /r/)
 ◊ Includes a 3 /r/ variant overlay illustration comparing the alveolar, retroflex and velar place of articulation.
 ◊ Includes a word and sentence audio example to illustrate consonant articulation for /m/, /n/, /ŋ/, /w/, /j/, /l/

• Animations: each consonant shows a lateral view of dynamic movements of the jaw, lips, tongue, velum (soft palate), and larynx needed for proper articulation of that consonant. Audio for each consonant sound is synchronized with the dynamic animations. Anatomy animation included.

• Two finger pan of all animations and key view pages.

• Drawing Whiteboard feature:

 ◊ Drawing: freeform lines in red, blue, green or black hue.

 ◊ Draw and place text directly on active animation and video.

 ◊ Text: 36pt, auto wrap, non-movable in red, blue, green or black hue.

 ◊  Eraser: touch and rub lines and text on whiteboard to erase.

 ◊ Trash: one tap deletes all whiteboard lines and text.

 ◊ Screenshot whiteboard direct to Photos App for easy email and printing.

• iOS 6.0+ required, designed for iPad and iPhone.

Semivowels app makes learning consonants easy. See example screen shots below. Get the app today!

What’s New

Version 1.3

Bug fixes, security update and performance improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

iassos ,

Great, but inaccurate, app

This is a great teaching resource but there are some issues with the accuracy. When playing through many of the consonant formation animations, the soft palate drops open when it moves from the consonant to the open vowel. This would, of course, result in nasal vowels. It would be great if this could be corrected to make the animation a more accurate reflection of proper speech habits. Also on the D and T consonant formation (forgive my not using IPA notation but the iPad keyboard is lacking) there is full contact of the tip, blade, and front of the tongue with the back of the font teeth, gum ridge, and even front of hard palate. This is a closer approximation of the DTh as heard in Spanish and other languages. A pure D and T utilize the tip of the tongue at the gum ridge. I love this resource for teaching speech and diction to

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