Experimental assessment of the tongue incompressibility hypothesis during speech production
Vocal tract area function estimation from three-dimensional (3D) volumetric dataset often involves complex and manual procedures such as oblique slice cutting and image segmentation. We introduce a semi-automatic method for estimating vocal tract area function from 3D Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) datasets. The method was implemented on a custom MATLAB graphical user interface and computes the area function in a user-interactive way. The 3D MRI datasets were acquired with 1.25 mm isotropic resolution during 8-seconds sustained sound productions of vowels /IY/, /AA/, /UW/ by one male native speaker of American English at a 3 Tesla MRI scanner.