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Vowel Perception and Production

B. S. Rosner and J. B. Pickering


Vowels are an important feature of the world's languages. Languages, however, differ in the number and the acoustic properties of their vowels. The two main problems of vowel perception needing explanation are vowel categorization (identification) and vowel constancy. Categorization concerns how listeners know which of the different vowels of their language has been spoken. Constancy concerns how listeners do this despite wide variations in the realization of any particular vowel. This book opens with a brief consideration of the articulation and acoustics of vowels. It shows how differences i ... More

Keywords: articulation, vowel acoustics, formants, pitch transform, categorization, constancy, discrimination, coarticulation, speaker normalization, rate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198521389
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

B. S. Rosner, author
University of Oxford

J. B. Pickering, author
IBM UK Scientific Research Centre, Winchester