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ERIC Number: EJ1029460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Interspeaker Variability in Hard Palate Morphology and Vowel Production
Lammert, Adam; Proctor, Michael; Narayanan, Shrikanth
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v56 n6 pS1924-S1933 Dec 2013
Purpose: Differences in vocal tract morphology have the potential to explain interspeaker variability in speech production. The potential acoustic impact of hard palate shape was examined in simulation, in addition to the interplay among morphology, articulation, and acoustics in real vowel production data. Method: High-front vowel production from 5 speakers of American English was examined using midsagittal real-time magnetic resonance imaging data with synchronized audio. Relationships among hard palate morphology, tongue shaping, and formant frequencies were analyzed. Simulations were performed to determine the acoustical properties of vocal tracts whose area functions are altered according to prominent hard palate variations. Results: Simulations revealed that altering the height and position of the palatal dome alters formant frequencies. Examinations of real speech data showed that palatal morphology is not significantly correlated with any formant frequency but is correlated with major aspects of lingual articulation. Conclusion: Certain differences in hard palate morphology can substantially affect vowel acoustics, but those effects are not noticeable in real speech. Speakers adapt their lingual articulation to accommodate palate shape differences with the potential to substantially affect formant frequencies, while ignoring palate shape differences with relatively little acoustic impact, lending support for acoustic goals of vowel production.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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