EUROSPEECH '97
5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997


How Can the Control of the Vocal Tract Limit the Speaker's Capability to Produce the Ultimate Perceptive Objectives of Speech? 1063

Christophe Savariaux, Louis-Jean BoŽ, Pascal Perrier

Institut de la Communication Parlee - UPRESA CNRS 5009 INPG & Universite Stendhal, Grenoble, France

In this paper an extension of the lip-tube experiment proposed by Savariaux et al. (1990) is presented and analyzed. The question underlying the design of this experiment is whether speakers are able to produce an [u] with a large lip opening. Nine native speakers of French repeated the original experiment, and then were asked to produce the vowel [u] starting from [o] vocal tract configuration. It was shown that more subjects achieved the compensation when they shifted their articulation from [o] to [u]. The issue of a possible constraint imposed by a learned standard articulatory pattern is discussed in relation with the notion of the internal representation of the articulatory-to-acoustic relations. Proposals in favor of a standard pattern for [u] that would be velopalatal rather than velopharyngeal are discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Savariaux, Christophe / BoŽ, Louis-Jean / Perrier, Pascal (1997): "How can the control of the vocal tract limit the speaker's capability to produce the ultimate perceptive objectives of speech? 1063", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 1063-1066.