Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

Sex, Dialects, and Reduction

Dani Byrd

Phonetics Laboratory, Linguistics Department, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

A set of phonetic studies based on analysis of the TIMIT speech database is presented which addresses topics relevant to the linguistic and speech recognition communities. Using a database methodological approach, these studies detail new results on the effect of speakers' sex and dialect region on pronunciation.1 This report concerns speaker-dependent effects on certain phonetic characteristics of speech often involved in reduction such as speech rate, stop releases, flapping, central vowels, non-canonical phonation type, syllabic consonants, and palatalization processes.

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Bibliographic reference.  Byrd, Dani (1992): "Sex, dialects, and reduction", In ICSLP-1992, 827-830.