10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

On-Line Formant Shifting as a Function of F0

Kateřina Chládková (1), Paul Boersma (1), Václav Jonáš Podlipský (2)

(1) University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
(2) Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

We investigate whether there is a within-speaker effect of a higher F0 on the values of the first and the second formant. When asked to speak at a high F0, speakers turn out to raise their formants as well. In the F1 dimension this effect is greater for women than for men. We conclude that while a general formant raising effect might be due to the physiology of a high F0 (i.e. raised larynx and shorter vocal tract), a plausible explanation for the gender-dependent size of the effect can only be found in the undersampling hypothesis.

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Bibliographic reference.  Chládková, Kateřina / Boersma, Paul / Podlipský, Václav Jonáš (2009): "On-line formant shifting as a function of F0", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 464-467.