Acoustic analyses and perceptual data on anticipatory labial coarticulation in adults and children
Sereno, Joan A.
Baum, Shari R.
Marean, G. Cameron
Acoustical Society of America
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The present study investigated anticipatory labial coarticulation in the speech of adults and children. CV syllables, composed of [s], [t], and [d] before [i] and [u], were produced by four adult speakers and eight child speakers aged 3–7 years. Each stimulus was computer edited to include only the aperiodic portion of fricative‐vowel and stop‐vowel syllables. LPC spectra were then computed for each excised segment. Analyses of the effect of the following vowel on the spectral peak associated with the second formant frequency and on the characteristic spectral prominence for each consonant were performed. Perceptual data were obtained by presenting the aperiodic consonantal segments to subjects who were instructed to identify the following vowel as [i] or [u]. Both the acoustic and the perceptual data show strong coarticulatory effects for the adults and comparable, although less consistent, coarticulation in the speech stimuli of the children. The results are discussed in terms of the articulatory and perceptual aspects of coarticulation in language learning.
This is the published version, also available here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.394917.
Sereno, Joan A., Baum, Shari R., Marean, G. Cameron., Lieberman, Philip. "Acoustic analyses and perceptual data on anticipatory labial coarticulation in adults and children." J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 81, 512 (1987); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.394917.
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