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Auditory Analysis of Vowel-Like Sounds

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The results of traditional masking experiments do not fit in with the effect of “two-tone inhibition” revealed by single-nerve-fibre studies. This is considered a serious objection against the interpretation of a masking pattern as reflecting the auditory spectrum of a masker. The results of a different masking paradigm, based on the pulsation threshold, do reveal an effect similar to “two-tone inhibition”. Therefore, such pulsation-threshold patterns might reflect more accurately the auditory spectrum of the masker. Pulsation-threshold patterns of three vowel-like sounds were determined. These were compared with the spectral patterns of the “vowels” after analysis with a 1/3 octave-band filter with running center frequency. It appeared that the pulsation- threshold patterns are sharper than the 1/3 octave-band spectra and, in some cases, even more pronounced than the original vowel spectra. This has interesting implications with regard to vowel-perception theories, such as theories on “formant extraction”.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1974

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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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