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

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

Studies of Vowel and Consonant Reduction

Sharon Y. Manuel (1,2), Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel (2), Marie K. Huffman (2,3), Kenneth N. Stevens (2), Rolf Carlson (4), Sheri Hunnicutt (4)

(1) Dept of Communication Disorders & Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA
(2) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
(3) Eloquent Technology, Inc., Ithaca, NY, USA
(4) Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

In normal (casual) speaking modes, speakers often modify, or seemingly delete, segments that are produced in citation forms of the same words. This paper discusses three examples of how attention to the acoustic detail of spoken language can reveal aspects of the articulation which are perhaps not readily apparent in more cursory examinations of the speech signal. A lexical access model which is sensitive to such acoustic detail will find a better match between both normal and citation spoken forms and their shared abstract representation, than one which is not.

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Bibliographic reference.  Manuel, Sharon Y. / Shattuck-Hufnagel, Stefanie / Huffman, Marie K. / Stevens, Kenneth N. / Carlson, Rolf / Hunnicutt, Sheri (1992): "Studies of vowel and consonant reduction", In ICSLP-1992, 943-946.