Vowel Perception in Normal Speakers

Authored by: Michael Kiefte , Terrance M. Nearey , Peter F. Assmann

Handbook of Vowels and Vowel Disorders

Print publication date:  September  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9781848726123
eBook ISBN: 9780203103890
Adobe ISBN: 9781136246852


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The present chapter focuses on theories of the perception of oral vowels. Although these are relatively simple stimuli compared to other phonetic categories, many problems remain. Because of their relative prominence in speech-perception research, we focus primarily on formant-based representations and the problems they pose. These include issues ranging from speaker normalization to how formant frequencies may be extracted and interpreted by listeners. We will also discuss formant models in the context of several alternatives that are popular especially in engineering applications such as automatic speech recognition.

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