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Title: Whisper vowel diagrams for Singapore english
Authors: Sharifzadeh, Hamid Reza
McLoughlin, Ian Vince
Keywords: DRNTU::Engineering::Computer science and engineering
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Sharifzadeh, H. R., & McLoughlin, I. V. (2012). Whisper vowel diagrams for Singapore English. 2012 9th International Conference on Communications (COMM).
Abstract: Whispered speech, as a relatively common form of communications, has received little research effort in spite of its usefulness in everyday vocal communications. Apart from a few notable studies analysing the main whispered vowels and some quite general estimations of whispered speech characteristics, a classic vowel space determination has been lacking for whispers. Aligning with our previous published work which aimed to redress this shortfall by presenting a vowel formant space for whispered speech, this paper studies Singapore English (SgE) from this respect. Furthermore, by comparing the shift amounts between normal and whispered vowel formants in two different English accents (British West Midlands and SgE), the study also considers the question of generalisation of shift amount and direction for two dissimilar accent groupings. It is further suggested that the shift amounts for each vowel are almost consistent for F2 while these vary for F1, making it difficult to propose a general correlation between normal and whispered vowels. This paper presents the results of the formant analysis, in terms of acoustic vowel space mappings, showing differences between normal and whispered speech for SgE, and compares this to results obtained from the analysis of more standard English.
DOI: 10.1109/ICComm.2012.6262585
Rights: © 2012 IEEE.
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