The role of F 0 variation in the intelligibility of Mandarin sentences

  title={The role of F 0 variation in the intelligibility of Mandarin sentences},
  author={Aniruddh Patel and Yi Tian Xu and Bei Wang},
This study tested the importance of F0 variation for tone language comprehension. The intelligibility of Mandarin sentences with natural F0 contours was compared to the intelligibility of monotone (flat-F0) sentences created via speech resynthesis. In a quiet background, flat-F0 speech was just as intelligible as natural speech (about 94% intelligible), highlighting the robustness of the language comprehension system. However, when babble noise was added (0 db SNR) flat-F0 speech was… CONTINUE READING

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