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The phonological function of vowels is maintained at fundamental frequencies up to 880 Hz


Friedrichs, Daniel; Maurer, Dieter; Dellwo, Volker (2015). The phonological function of vowels is maintained at fundamental frequencies up to 880 Hz. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138(1):EL36-EL42.

Abstract

In a between-subject perception task, listeners either identified full words or vowels isolated from these words at F0s between 220 and 880Hz. They received two written words as response options (minimal pair with the stimulus vowel in contrastive position). Listeners’ sensitivity (A0) was extremely high in both conditions at all F0s, showing that the phonological function of vowels can also be maintained at high F0s. This indicates that vowel sounds may carry strong acoustic cues departing from common formant frequencies at high F0s and that listeners do not rely on consonantal context phenomena for their identification performance.

Abstract

In a between-subject perception task, listeners either identified full words or vowels isolated from these words at F0s between 220 and 880Hz. They received two written words as response options (minimal pair with the stimulus vowel in contrastive position). Listeners’ sensitivity (A0) was extremely high in both conditions at all F0s, showing that the phonological function of vowels can also be maintained at high F0s. This indicates that vowel sounds may carry strong acoustic cues departing from common formant frequencies at high F0s and that listeners do not rely on consonantal context phenomena for their identification performance.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:21 Jul 2015 08:02
Last Modified:01 Jun 2017 07:29
Publisher:American Institute of Physics
ISSN:0001-4966
Funders:Swiss National Science Foundation
Additional Information:This paper was published open-access and can be downloaded for free under: http://scitation.aip.org/content/asa/journal/jasa/138/1/10.1121/1.4922534?aemail=author
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1121/1.4922534

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