X-ray videos of people talking

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10 Responses to “X-ray videos of people talking”

  1. takeshi says:

    You’re kidding, right? My tongue barely fits in my mouth.

  2. niten says:

    Once, in a Linguistics class, I saw an X-ray video of people talking in three different languages. It was striking how different the movement of the tongue was. I remember that when a person spoke French, the tongue moves in sharp, fast motions, snapping from position to position. In English, it flops around like a stranded whale. Very odd.

  3. pinehead says:

    It’s beautiful in a mechanical sort of way. All made of soft, flexible components anchored to the skeleton, all moving together in precise, systematic ways in order to convey a coherent auditory message. I wonder how much longer it will be before we have the technology to replicate this kind of machinery with synthetic materials? Surely we’re not too far from it today.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What do ya bet those lips are so opaque due to lead in her lipstick?

  5. jockmac22 says:

    Dead link…!!

  6. spinach says:

    One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen was a old Veteran’s Hospital film shown in a linguistics class of a man who had had half of his face shot off. He was able to remove one of his cheeks and demonstrate the extremely complex behaviours of speech – how the tongue dances around the mouth while we move out lips, breathe and swallow. As I remember, most people left the room because it was one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever witnessed. If anyone has a link to this video, I’d be much obliged.

  7. bearchild says:

    Damnit Mark! You slashdotted it! :)

  8. bellebouche says:

    Come now, surely you are aware that a great many English gentlemen can quite easily lick their own eyebrows whilst simultaneously breathing though their ears?

    Ask any French Lady!

  9. Dave Faris says:

    “Diese Seite ist im Moment nicht aktiv.”

  10. Cowicide says:

    Where there is a will… there is a way… Here’s one that works for now..

    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2009/12/talking1.gif

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