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Short-term changes in vowel fundamental frequency (F0) immediately preceding (F0 offset) and following (F0 onset) production of voiceless obstruents were examined in groups of 4-year-olds, 8-year-olds, and 21-year-olds. Definitive patterns of laryngeal behavior were observed for each measure F0 was found to significantly lower at vowel offset across age(More)
The acoustic characteristics of crying behavior displayed in 2 groups of newborn infants are reported. The crying episodes of 10 full-term and 10 preterm infants were audio recorded and analyzed with regard to the long-time average spectrum (LTAS) characteristics. An LTAS display was created for each infant's non-partitioned crying episode, as well as for 3(More)
Developmental characteristics of formant 1 (F1) and formant 2 (F2) are reported for spontaneous vocalizations produced by four young children. Each child was systematically sampled at between 15 and 36 months of age. Results indicated that both F1 and F2 remained relatively unchanged prior to 24 months of age. Significant decreases in average F1 and F2(More)
Oscillographic tracings for time-by-count measures of diadochokinetic syllable rate (Fletcher, 1972) were collected from a group of 30 hearing-impaired and five normal-hearing high-school students. Results indicated that hearing-impaired subjects performed significantly slower on all speech-timing tasks than their normal-hearing peers. Within-group(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the influence of fetal growth on the fundamental frequency (F(0)) of neonatal crying in a group of healthy full-term infants. The spontaneous cries of 131 infants were audio recorded during the first week of life, and subsequently submitted to acoustic analyses. The individual cry utterances produced by each(More)
Vocal fold contact behavior was examined in separate groups of boys and girls through application of an electroglottograph(EGG). In general, a contact quotient (EGG duty cycle) showed minimal differences within and between boys and girls during sustained production of the vowels /i/, /u/, and /a/. The findings are discussed with respect to the laryngeal(More)
Average formant frequency and formant bandwidth values are reported in a cross-sectional sample of 20 children between 4 and 25 months of age. With the exception of a slight rise in F1 at 18 months of age, average F1 and F2 values changed little during the time period, while the average bandwidths for F1 (B1) and F2 (B2) were found to significantly decrease(More)
UNLABELLED After prolonged treatment with L-dopa, patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) experience fluctuations in motor performance. Changes in voice production have been documented perceptually during periods of fluctuation, but few quantitative changes have been found. The purpose of this study is to examine the acoustic-phonatory characteristics of PD(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of spectral-cue audibility on the recognition of stop consonants in normal-hearing and hearing-impaired adults. Subjects identified six synthetic CV speech tokens in a closed-set response task. Each syllable differed only in the initial 40-ms consonant portion of the stimulus. In order to relate(More)
The vocal fundamental frequency (Fo) characteristics of four infants' hunger cries are reported. The infants were audio recorded at monthly intervals during the first year of life. In general, each infant's Fo increased across the one-year period. The increase in Fo was attributed to the transition from early reflexive crying to intentional vocalization(More)