Elisabeth Zetterholm

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The present paper is a study of one impersonator and one of his voice imitations in order to find out how he changes his own voice and speech behaviour in order to get close to the target voice. Preliminary results from the auditory and the acoustic analysis, focusing on speech style and intonation pattern, will be presented.
Recent studies have shown that ability to recognize an imitated voice is affected by topic and familiarity with the person being imitated. The signal detection methods used in those studies give no specific information about the distribution of non matching positive responses (false alarms) amongst voices used as distracters (foils). This paper shows that(More)
A professional impersonator has been studied when training his voice to mimic two target speakers. A three-fold investigation has been conducted; a computer-based speaker verification system was used, phonetic-acoustic measurements were made and a perception test was conducted. Our idea behind using this type of system is to measure how close to the target(More)
This paper investigates the effect of gender on voice onset time distribution at three stages of speech development. Two subject groups consisting of children, aged approximately 3 and 9 years, were compared to adult speakers regarding voice onset time of initial plosives. The results showed significant gender effects in the aspirated plosives in the young(More)
To use impersonation in order to entertain it is necessary to be aware of the target speaker’s speech behaviour and characteristic features. Does a professional impersonator really change his own voice quality and speech behaviour substantially in his impersonation, or does he only exaggerate some features of the target speaker to cheat and entertain the(More)