11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Physics of Body-Conducted Silent Speech - Production, Propagation and Representation of Non-Audible Murmur

Makoto Otani (1), Tatsuya Hirahara (2)

(1) Shinshu University, Japan
(2) Toyama Prefectural University, Japan

The physical nature of weak body-conducted vocal-tract resonance signals called non-audible murmur (NAM) were investigated using numerical simulation and acoustic analysis of the NAM signals. Computational fluid dynamics simulation reveals that a weak vortex flow occurs in the supraglottal region when uttering NAM; a source of NAM is a turbulent noise source produced due to a vortex flow. Furthermore, computational acoustics simulation reveals that NAM signals attenuate 50 dB at 1 kHz consisting of 30-dB full-range attenuation due to air-to-body transmission loss and 10-dB/octave spectral decay due to a sound propagation loss within the body, which roughly equals to the measurement results.

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Bibliographic reference.  Otani, Makoto / Hirahara, Tatsuya (2010): "Physics of body-conducted silent speech - production, propagation and representation of non-audible murmur", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 949-952.