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Cross-language analysis of phonetic units in language addressed to infants.
In the early months of life, infants acquire information about the phonetic properties of their native language simply by listening to adults speak. The acoustic properties of phonetic units inExpand
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The effect of subphonetic differences on lexical access
This study investigated whether lexical access is affected by inherent acoustic variations that contribute to the identity of a phonetic feature and ultimately a phonetic segment. Two experimentsExpand
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On the sufficiency of compound target specification of isolated vowels and vowels in /bVb/ syllables.
It has been suggested [e.g., Strange et al., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 74, 695-705 (1983); Verbrugge and Rakerd, Language Speech 29, 39-57 (1986)] that the temporal margins of vowels in consonantalExpand
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Phonation types in production of phonological tone : the case of Green Mong
This study looks at the relative importance of phonation type in identifying tones in languages with a ‘mixed’ pitch/phonation tone system. Green Mong is a tone language with an inventory of 7Expand
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A Cross-Language Study of Perception of Lexical Stress in English
This study investigates the question of whether language background affects the perception of lexical stress in English. Thirty native English speakers and 30 native Chinese learners of EnglishExpand
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Tone clarity in mixed pitch/phonation-type tones
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This study examines perceptual and acoustic data to address the question of what makes tones clear when tonal identity is determined by this complex of acoustic cues. Expand
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The acoustic structure of vowels in mothers' speech to infants and adults
  • J. E. Andruski, P. Kuhl
  • Computer Science, Physics
  • Proceeding of Fourth International Conference on…
  • 3 October 1996
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We compare the acoustic structure of vowels in the words "sheep" and "shoes" produced by 10 mothers in conversation with their infants, with their acoustic structure when produced by the same 10 women in Conversation with an adult. Expand
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Using polynomial equations to model pitch contour shape in lexical tones: an example from Green Mong
Tone is usually described by starting height and direction of movement, but in languages with a crowded tonal space, multiple tones can have similar contours. Even in languages with few tones,Expand
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Tone clarity in mixed pitch/phonation type tones
Lexical tone identity is often determined by a complex of acoustic cues. In Green Mong, a Hmong‐Mien language of Southeast Asia, a small subset of tones is characterized by phonation type in additionExpand
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Point vowels in Japanese mothers’ speech to infants and adults
American, Russian, and Swedish mothers produce acoustically more extreme point vowels (/i/, /u/, and /a/) when speaking to their infants than when speaking to another adult [Kuhl et al., Science 277,Expand
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