Speaker race identification from acoustic cues in the vocal signal.

  title={Speaker race identification from acoustic cues in the vocal signal.},
  author={J H Walton and Robert F. Orlikoff},
  journal={Journal of speech and hearing research},
  volume={37 4},
One-second acoustic samples were extracted from the mid-portion of sustained /a/ vowels produced by 50 black and 50 white adult males. Each vowel sample from a black subject was randomly paired with a sample from a white subject. From the tape-recorded samples alone, both expert and naive listeners could determine the race of the speaker with 60% accuracy. The accuracy of race identification was independent of the listener's own race, sex, or listening experience. An acoustic analysis of the… CONTINUE READING

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