12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Context and Speaker Dependency in the Relation of Vowel Formants and Subglottal Resonances - Evidence from Hungarian

Tekla Etelka Gráczi (1), Steven M. Lulich (2), Tamás Gábor Csapó (3), András Beke (1)

(1) Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
(2) Washington University in St. Louis, USA
(3) BME, Hungary

Subglottal resonances are claimed to divide front/back vowels and low/high vowels in several languages, including Hungarian. However, some 'recalcitrant' vowels appear to resist this mould. We therefore performed a careful analysis of the role coarticulation and speaker-dependent effects might play in the recalcitrance of these vowels in Hungarian. The present analysis focused on various stop contexts in order to see the place of articulation triggered effects. It is shown that the subglottal resonances indeed divide the vowel space as claimed, and that the recalcitrance of certain vowels is due to coarticulation with specific consonants. The magnitude of the coarticulation effect is speaker dependent.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gráczi, Tekla Etelka / Lulich, Steven M. / Csapó, Tamás Gábor / Beke, András (2011): "Context and speaker dependency in the relation of vowel formants and subglottal resonances - evidence from Hungarian", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 1901-1904.