A Faithfulness Ranking Projected from a Perceptibility Scale: The Case of [+ Voice] in Japanese

  title={A Faithfulness Ranking Projected from a Perceptibility Scale: The Case of [+ Voice] in Japanese},
  author={Shigeto Kawahara},
  pages={536 - 574}
  • S. Kawahara
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Linguistics
  • Language
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