Effect of tones on vocal attack time in Cantonese speakers.

  title={Effect of tones on vocal attack time in Cantonese speakers.},
  author={E. M. Ma and Robert Jan Baken and R. M. Roark and P-M Li},
  journal={Journal of voice : official journal of the Voice Foundation},
  volume={26 5},
Vocal attack time (VAT) is the time lag between the growth of the sound pressure signal and the development of physical contact of vocal folds at vocal initiation. It can be derived by a cross-correlation of short-time amplitude changes occurring in the sound pressure and electroglottographic (EGG) signals. Cantonese is a tone language in which tone determines the lexical meaning of the syllable. Such linguistic function of tone has implications for the physiology of tone production. The aim of… CONTINUE READING