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F2R: A Technique for Collapsing F2onset and F2mid into a Single Acoustic Attribute

Lookup NU author(s): Dan McCarthy, Dr Jalal-eddin Al-TamimiORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc., 2019.

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The formant information for identifying place of articulation in voiced plosives is conventionally represented using two acoustic attributes, namely F2onsetand F2mid(e.g. [7, 9, 16]). This study compares the accuracy of such a technique with a new technique in which F2onsetand F2midare collapsed into a single attribute, termed F2R. Thismethod involves subtracting F2onsetfrom F2mid, multiplying this frequency difference by a constant(c),and subtracting this product from F2onset, yielding F2R. Results from a discriminant analysis(leave-one-out cross-validation)show that F2Rcan distinguish the place of articulation of /b d g/ at approximately the same rate as the conventional method using F2onsetand F2mid.Given that thisresult accordswellwith the 1950s locus theory [3], itsuggests that the locus theory held animportantinsight that was neglected in phoneticsciencefollowing Öhman’s [15] findings forVCV sequences

Publication metadata

Author(s): McCarthy D, Al-Tamimi J

Editor(s): Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (eds.)

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019

Year of Conference: 2019

Pages: 3777-3781

Print publication date: 05/08/2019

Online publication date: 05/08/2019

Acceptance date: 12/02/2019

Date deposited: 05/08/2019

Publisher: Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.