EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


An Acoustical Analysis of the Vowels in Beijing Mandarin

Eric Zee (1), Wai-Sum Lee (2)

(1) City University of Hong Kong; (2) University of Hong Kong

The study is a spectral analysis of the vowels and syllabic approximants in Beijing Mandarin. It presents: (i) the average F1, F2, F3 values for the resonant sounds, (ii) the vowel ellipses for the resonant sounds, showing their relative positions in the F1/F2 plane, (iii) the vowel diagrams, showing the F-patterns of the first three formant frequencies of the resonant sounds, (iv) the formant trajectories for the rhotic schwa, showing that the vowel in the V syllables is actually a sequence of a plain schwa and a rhotic schwa, and (v) the diagrams of the average vowel positions for the vowels followed by a nasal ending, showing that the effect of the nasal ending on the F1 and F2 of the vowel sounds varies accoring to vowel type and nasal type.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zee, Eric / Lee, Wai-Sum (2001): "An acoustical analysis of the vowels in beijing Mandarin", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 643-646.