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Identification of Synthetic Isolated Vowels and Vowels in H-D Context

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During the course of investigations into the effects of various acoustic parameters on the intelligibility of synthesised vowels it was observed that many listeners were able to identify vowels more reliably and uniformly when the sounds were embodied in h-d words than when vowels were presented in isolation. The sounds which were to be identified were acoustically identical in both instances. This paper describes experiments in which various acoustic features of the / h / and / d / were systematically eliminated in order to locate which parts of the consonants aid this more uniform identification. It is concluded that no one consonantal feature was responsible but that a spontaneous improvement in uniformity of identification occurs when several contextual features combine to achieve a new level of speech-likeness.

This paper is concerned with a more detailed examination of the h-d context in an attempt to isolate characteristics which contribute most to the result of our earlier experiment [3].
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 1972

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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