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Article: Differences in vocal characteristics between Cantonese and English produced by proficient Cantonese-English bilingual speakers - A long-term average spectral analysis

TitleDifferences in vocal characteristics between Cantonese and English produced by proficient Cantonese-English bilingual speakers - A long-term average spectral analysis
Authors
KeywordsBilingual
Cantonese
English
Long-term average spectra
Vocal characteristics
Issue Date2012
PublisherMosby, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jvoice
Citation
Journal Of Voice, 2012, v. 26 n. 4, p. e171-e176 How to Cite?
Abstract
Objectives: The present study objectively examined the possible difference in vocal characteristics associated with English and Cantonese produced by proficient Cantonese-English bilingual speakers. Subjects and Methods: Forty native speakers of Cantonese (20 males and 20 females) who were proficient in Cantonese and English participated in the study. An array of acoustical parameters, including fundamental frequency (F0) values and first spectral peak (FSP), mean spectral energy (MSE), and spectral tilt (ST) extracted from long-term average speech spectra were obtained from connected speech samples produced in Cantonese and English by the bilingual speakers. Acoustical parameters were measured using Praat (P. Boersma & D. Weenink, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and used to objectively describe the voice quality. Results: Results indicated that female bilingual speakers had significantly higher F0 values in speaking English than Cantonese. Although exhibiting comparable FSP values, the bilingual speakers showed significantly higher MSE and lower ST values when speaking Cantonese compared with English. Conclusions: The present findings imply that, even with the same phonatory apparatus, language being spoken can have an effect on the speakers' voice quality. © 2012 The Voice Foundation.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159886
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2013 Impact Factor: 0.944
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.778
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Author Affiliations
  1. Duquesne University
  2. Prince Philip Dental Hospital
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dc.contributor.authorNg, MLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChen, Yen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, EYKen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-16T05:58:49Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-16T05:58:49Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Voice, 2012, v. 26 n. 4, p. e171-e176en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0892-1997en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159886-
dc.description.abstractObjectives: The present study objectively examined the possible difference in vocal characteristics associated with English and Cantonese produced by proficient Cantonese-English bilingual speakers. Subjects and Methods: Forty native speakers of Cantonese (20 males and 20 females) who were proficient in Cantonese and English participated in the study. An array of acoustical parameters, including fundamental frequency (F0) values and first spectral peak (FSP), mean spectral energy (MSE), and spectral tilt (ST) extracted from long-term average speech spectra were obtained from connected speech samples produced in Cantonese and English by the bilingual speakers. Acoustical parameters were measured using Praat (P. Boersma & D. Weenink, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and used to objectively describe the voice quality. Results: Results indicated that female bilingual speakers had significantly higher F0 values in speaking English than Cantonese. Although exhibiting comparable FSP values, the bilingual speakers showed significantly higher MSE and lower ST values when speaking Cantonese compared with English. Conclusions: The present findings imply that, even with the same phonatory apparatus, language being spoken can have an effect on the speakers' voice quality. © 2012 The Voice Foundation.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherMosby, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jvoiceen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Voiceen_HK
dc.subjectBilingualen_HK
dc.subjectCantoneseen_HK
dc.subjectEnglishen_HK
dc.subjectLong-term average spectraen_HK
dc.subjectVocal characteristicsen_HK
dc.titleDifferences in vocal characteristics between Cantonese and English produced by proficient Cantonese-English bilingual speakers - A long-term average spectral analysisen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailNg, ML: manwa@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jvoice.2011.07.013en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid22082868-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84863196796en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros203335en_US
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dc.identifier.volume26en_HK
dc.identifier.issue4en_HK
dc.identifier.spagee171en_HK
dc.identifier.epagee176en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_HK
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