Third European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Berlin, Germany
September 22-25, 1993


Compensating for Labial Perturbation in a Rounded Vowel: An Acoustic and Articulatory Study

C. Savariaux (1), Pascal Perrier (1), J. P. Orliaguet (2)

(1) Institut de la Communication Parlée, URA CNRS 368, INPG University Stendhal, Grenoble, France
(2) Laboratoire de Psychologie Experimentale, URA CNRS 665, University Pierre Mendes, France

We present an experiment in which lips are perturbed by a 20-mm diameter tube, for the production of the French vowel [u]. Nine naive speakers are analysed in 3 successive sessions: (1) without perturbation; (2) with the lip-tube; (3) with the lip-tube and with some information to help them to compensate. The analysis is based on X-ray views and formant patterns. Compensation abilities are evaluated by considering the first two formants. After the 2nd session, only one speaker could compensate the perturbation. All other speakers showed a strong increase of F2. In the 3rd session, behaviours of the speakers were observed depending on the given information: articulatory, acoustic or both. Results are analysed in the light of the classical control theories of speech production.

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Bibliographic reference.  Savariaux, C. / Perrier, Pascal / Orliaguet, J. P. (1993): "Compensating for labial perturbation in a rounded vowel: an acoustic and articulatory study", In EUROSPEECH'93, 89-92.