9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

Physical Models of the Human Vocal Tract with Gel-Type Material

Takayuki Arai

Sophia University, Japan

Beginning in 2001, we have been developing models of the vocal tract to promote a more intuitive understanding of the theories for speech science for technical and non-technical students. In this paper, we compared and contrasted four newer models of the talking heads: our original model with a gel-type tongue, a similar model including teeth and palate, a third model with teeth and palate having a default low tongue height, and a fourth ultra-malleable model made completely of gel material. Results are discussed regarding their strengths and weaknesses for educational purposes and articulatory training in speech pathology and language learning.

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Bibliographic reference.  Arai, Takayuki (2008): "Physical models of the human vocal tract with gel-type material", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 2651-2654.