Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Does Vowel Space Size Depend on Language Vowel Inventories? Evidence from Two Arabic Dialects and French

Jalal-Eddin Al-Tamimi, Emmanuel Ferragne

DDL-CNRS, France

The aim of this paper is to study the effect of the number of vowels a language has on the size of its vocalic space, in the production of speech from two Arabic dialects, Moroccan and Jordanian Arabic, and from French. 5 speakers per language (or dialect) recorded a list of vowels in 3 conditions: vowels were embedded in 1) Words, 2) Syllables, and 3) produced in Isolation. For each condition, there were 3 consonantal contexts: /b d k/. Our results corroborate the hypothesis that vowel inventory size affects the size of the acoustic vowel spaces: the larger the vowel inventory, the bigger the acoustic vowel space.

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Bibliographic reference.  Al-Tamimi, Jalal-Eddin / Ferragne, Emmanuel (2005): "Does vowel space size depend on language vowel inventories? evidence from two Arabic dialects and French", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 2465-2468.