ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2008

Tongue Movements and Syllable Onset Complexity: Ultrasound Study

Tanja Kocjancic

Speech and Hearing Sciences, Queen Margaret University, UK, and Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh, UK

In this study ultrasound was used to investigate tongue movements in syllables with different number and type of onset consonants. Ultrasound recordings provided the information of the distance the tongue travels over a target, and audio recordings of the time needed. The speed of the tongue’s travel was calculated from the two measurements. Results of ten speakers have shown that both duration and distance travelled increase with an increased number of onset segments, but that distance travelled is additionally influenced by the type of the segment, as is speed. Duration also seemed to be the least speaker-dependant of the three parameters.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kocjancic, Tanja (2008): "Tongue movements and syllable onset complexity: ultrasound study", In ExLing-2008, 125-128.