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Conference Paper: Comparison of vocal characteristics between Cantonese and English produced by Cantonese‐English bilingual adult speakers

TitleComparison of vocal characteristics between Cantonese and English produced by Cantonese‐English bilingual adult speakers
Authors
Issue Date2010
PublisherAcoustical Society of America. The Journal's web site is located at http://asa.aip.org/jasa.html
Citation
The 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics, Cancun, Mexico, 15-19 November 2010. In Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2010, v. 128, p. 2475 How to Cite?
AbstractPrevious studies have revealed vocal differences in speakers of different ethnic groups [e.g., Andrianopoulos et al., (2001)]. While some researchers attributed such differences to the physical variation associated with different ethnicities/races, others argued that the different languages being used contributed to the discrepant acoustic findings, especially when tonal and non‐tonal languages were used for comparison [Altenberg and Ferrand, (2006)]. As such, it seems that both ethnicity/race of speakers and the language being used may simultaneously affect vocal quality. To study how language alone affects speaking voices with the effect of race/ethnicity being excluded, examining the vocal output from bilingual speakers appears to be a feasible approach. The present study examines the vocal characteristics of Cantonese and English produced by Cantonese‐English adult speakers by using long‐term average speech (LTAS) spectra. Continuous speech samples produced in Cantonese and English were obtained from 40 (20 male and 20 female) Cantonese‐English bilingual speakers and used to generate LTAS spectra. First spectral peak, mean spectral energy, and spectral tilt derived from the LTAS spectra associated with Cantonese and English were compared. Results should reveal if the same vocal apparatus is used differently by Cantonese‐English bilingual speakers when speaking different languages.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136286
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dc.contributor.authorNg, MLen_US
dc.contributor.authorChen, Yen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T02:12:25Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T02:12:25Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics, Cancun, Mexico, 15-19 November 2010. In Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2010, v. 128, p. 2475en_US
dc.identifier.issn0001-4966-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136286-
dc.description.abstractPrevious studies have revealed vocal differences in speakers of different ethnic groups [e.g., Andrianopoulos et al., (2001)]. While some researchers attributed such differences to the physical variation associated with different ethnicities/races, others argued that the different languages being used contributed to the discrepant acoustic findings, especially when tonal and non‐tonal languages were used for comparison [Altenberg and Ferrand, (2006)]. As such, it seems that both ethnicity/race of speakers and the language being used may simultaneously affect vocal quality. To study how language alone affects speaking voices with the effect of race/ethnicity being excluded, examining the vocal output from bilingual speakers appears to be a feasible approach. The present study examines the vocal characteristics of Cantonese and English produced by Cantonese‐English adult speakers by using long‐term average speech (LTAS) spectra. Continuous speech samples produced in Cantonese and English were obtained from 40 (20 male and 20 female) Cantonese‐English bilingual speakers and used to generate LTAS spectra. First spectral peak, mean spectral energy, and spectral tilt derived from the LTAS spectra associated with Cantonese and English were compared. Results should reveal if the same vocal apparatus is used differently by Cantonese‐English bilingual speakers when speaking different languages.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherAcoustical Society of America. The Journal's web site is located at http://asa.aip.org/jasa.html-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of the Acoustical Society of Americaen_US
dc.rightsJournal of the Acoustical Society of America. Copyright © Acoustical Society of America.-
dc.titleComparison of vocal characteristics between Cantonese and English produced by Cantonese‐English bilingual adult speakersen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailNg, ML: manwa@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1121/1.3508870-
dc.identifier.hkuros187358en_US
dc.identifier.volume128-
dc.identifier.spage2475-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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