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A hybrid PARAFAC and principal-component model of tongue configuration in vowel production is presented, using a corpus of German vowels in multiple consonant contexts (fleshpoint data for seven speakers at two speech rates from electromagnetic articulography). The PARAFAC approach is attractive for explicitly separating speaker-independent and(More)
The tense and lax vowels of German were compared, based on an analysis of the duration, amplitude and velocity characteristics of lip and tongue movement. This study examined firstly whether they show different patterns of compression over changes in speech rate, and secondly whether velocity profiles would reveal evidence of different underlying control(More)
Cricothryroid activity was investigated in 3 German speakers. Aims were (1) to clarify activity for voiceless consonants, (2) to determine whether lax vowels have higher activity than tense vowels, and (3) to compare anterior and posterior insertions in the muscle. Results: (1) Clearly higher CT activity for voiceless than voiced consonants, but often(More)
A B S T R A C T This study investigates prosodic planning in a reading task in German. We analyse how the utterance length and syntactic complexity of an upcoming sentence affect two acoustic parameters (pause duration and the initial fundamental frequency peak) and two respiratory parameters (inhalation depth and inhalation duration). Two experiments were(More)