8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Articulatory Correlates of Voice Qualities of God Guys and Bad Guys in Japanese Anime: an MRI Study

Emi Zuiki Murano, Mihoko Teshigawara

ATR, Japan

This paper examines the articulatory correlates of the Hero and Villain Voice Types, which were auditorily identified in a separate study on cartoon voices, using the MRI technique. The MRI images were in agreement with the previous auditory analysis results; the major difference between articulatory postures of heroes and those of villains and between two villainous voice types was found in the supraglottal states and the pharyngeal cavity. Auditory analysis can be as valid as any other analysis method depending on the level of training in a commonly accepted system such as Laver's framework for voice quality description. However, the MRI technique also allowed us to see what would not be observed otherwise, e.g., larynx height, pharyngeal cavity, vocal tract length, and the position of the hyoid bone. Auditory and physiological methods should be used in combination in order to further our understanding of the larynx and the pharynx.

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Bibliographic reference.  Murano, Emi Zuiki / Teshigawara, Mihoko (2004): "Articulatory correlates of voice qualities of god guys and bad guys in Japanese anime: an MRI study", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 1249-1252.