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ERIC Number: EJ1040558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Effects of Phonetic Context on Relative Fundamental Frequency
Lien, Yu-An S.; Gattuccio, Caitlin I.; Stepp, Cara E.
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v57 n4 p1259-1267 Aug 2014
Purpose: The effect of phonetic context on relative fundamental frequency (RFF) was examined, in order to develop stimuli sets with minimal within-speaker variability that can be implemented in future clinical protocols. Method: Sixteen speakers with healthy voices produced RFF stimuli. Uniform utterances consisted of 3 repetitions of the same voiced sonorant-voiceless consonant-voiced sonorant speech sequence; moderately variable sentences contained speech sequences with a single voiceless phoneme (/f/, /s/, /?/, /p/, /t/, or /k/); highly variable sentences were loaded with speech sequences using multiple phonemes. Effects of stimulus type (uniform, moderately variable, and highly variable) and phoneme identity (/f/, /s/, /?/, /p/, /t/, and /k/) on RFF means and standard deviations were determined. Results: Stimulus type and the interaction of vocal cycle and stimulus type were significant for RFF means and standard deviations but with small effect sizes. Phoneme identity and the interaction of vocal cycle and phoneme identity on RFF means and standard deviations were also significant with small to medium effect sizes. Conclusions: For speakers with healthy voices, uniform utterances with /f/ and /?/ have the lowest standard deviations and thus are recommended for RFF-based assessments. Future work is necessary to extend these findings to disordered voices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
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IES Grant or Contract Numbers: DC012651