Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Acoustic and Perceptual Properties of English Fricatives

Allard Jongman (1), Yue Wang (2), Joan Sereno (1)

(1) Linguistics Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
(2) Department of Linguistics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, ISA

This study presents a comparative analysis of acoustic and perceptual cues to place of articulation in English fricatives. Acoustic parameters investigated include spectral peak location, spectral moments, locus equations, F2 onset, overall noise amplitude, relative amplitude, and fricative noise duration. Perception data were collected for isolated fricatives and fricativevowel syllables. The present study investigates which acoustic parameters can account for the perceptual data. Relating the acoustic and perception data by means of regression analysis suggests that spectral peak location, noise amplitude, and relative amplitude are the primary cues to perception of place of articulation in English fricatives.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jongman, Allard / Wang, Yue / Sereno, Joan (2000): "Acoustic and perceptual properties of English fricatives", In ICSLP-2000, vol.1, 536-539.