Third European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Berlin, Germany
September 22-25, 1993


An Acoustic Approach to Fricatives in Japanese and German

Mechtild Tronnier (1), Masatake Dantsuji (2)

(1) Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, Lund University, Sweden
(2) Faculty of Letters, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan

This study presents a cross-language investigation of the acoustic quality of the /h/-part in the Japanese /hi/syllable, and/h/before /if in German and the German palatal fricative [q]. Two comparisons of the acoustic structure of specific effects within and between the two languages are shown, one of them dealing with the elicitation of absolute values these sounds may have in common, similar to loci found for stops, the other one focusing on tendencies rather than absolute values. In the latter comparison, the acoustic structure of the two German sounds are related to these realisations of the Japanese /hi/syllable, where the vowel is phonetically maintained and where it is not.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tronnier, Mechtild / Dantsuji, Masatake (1993): "An acoustic approach to fricatives in Japanese and German", In EUROSPEECH'93, 271-274.