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This study examines the ability of listeners to judge speaker height and weight from speech samples. Although previous investigations indicate that listeners are consistent in estimating body characteristics, it is not known which speech signal parameters are being used by the listeners for such estimates. Therefore, a series of listening tests was carried… (More)
Four speaker identification tests were conducted using five female speakers known to the listeners. Starting from acoustic recordings of reiterant "ma" syllables, the perceptual importance of the following three factors was investigated: F0 height, F0 contour, and speech rhythm. For speakers with typically low or high voices F0 height turned out to be a… (More)
This study investigates the perception of English words produced by 45 native talkers presented in moderate noise to native Norwegian listeners. The relative intelligibility of individual talkers is compared with that obtained for native listeners in order to determine whether intrinsic talker clarity is determined by global acoustic-phonetic… (More)
This study investigates the influence of fundamental frequency (F0) contour on perceived vowel duration in Norwegian. In the first of four experiments, a falling vs. flat contour in short vs. long vowels in isolated monosyllables was shown to cause a perceptual lengthening of the vowel. Contrary to the expectations, embedding the monosyllables… (More)
The present paper is a continuation of a previous study, in which several cues in French stop consonant perception were investigated. In a first series of experiments, identification of a stop as fortis versus lenis turned out to be influenced by whether the following consonant was a fricative or a plosive. Taking the results of this first series as a point… (More)
This investigation takes as its point of departure observations on the production of French fortis versus lenis plosive consonants. In a series of perception tests the role of different parameters in the fortis versus lenis distinction found in production (e.g. duration of the pre-consonantal vowel, the consonantal closure, voicing during the closure and… (More)
It is shown that the results of an experiment on speaker identification described by Whiteside and Rixon in 2000 seem to be contradictory and inconclusive. To investigate whether the experiment allows reliable conclusions, re-evaluation of their data using multiple regression techniques is proposed.