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Undergraduate Thesis: Acoustical differences in vocal characteristics between Cantonese and English produced by Cantonese-English bilingual adult speakers
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TitleAcoustical differences in vocal characteristics between Cantonese and English produced by Cantonese-English bilingual adult speakers
 
AuthorsChan, Yuk-kwan
陳育君
 
Issue Date2010
 
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
 
AbstractVocal characteristics associated with 40 (20 male and 20 female) adult Cantonese-English bilingual speakers were examined. Fundamental frequency (F0) values and four parameters calculated from the long-term average spectrum (LTAS) including the first spectral peak (FSP), mean spectral energy (MSE), spectral tilt (ST) and high frequency energy (HFE) were obtained from connected speech samples produced in each language by the speakers. Acoustical measurements were measured with PRAAT and compared between languages and genders. The results indicated that female speakers had significantly higher F0 values in speaking English than Cantonese. Bilingual speakers exhibited comparable FSP values, but with significantly greater MSE value and lower ST value in Cantonese than English. The findings implied that, even with the same phonatory apparatus, language being spoken posed effect on speakers’ voice quality.
 
Description"A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Speech and Hearing Sciences), The University of Hong Kong, June 30, 2010."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 25-27).
Thesis (B.Sc)--University of Hong Kong, 2010.
 
DegreeBachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences
 
SubjectVoice.
Bilingualism.
 
Dept/ProgramSpeech and Hearing Sciences
 
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dc.contributor.authorChan, Yuk-kwan
 
dc.contributor.author陳育君
 
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-01T01:13:59Z
 
dc.date.available2012-11-01T01:13:59Z
 
dc.date.issued2010
 
dc.description.abstractVocal characteristics associated with 40 (20 male and 20 female) adult Cantonese-English bilingual speakers were examined. Fundamental frequency (F0) values and four parameters calculated from the long-term average spectrum (LTAS) including the first spectral peak (FSP), mean spectral energy (MSE), spectral tilt (ST) and high frequency energy (HFE) were obtained from connected speech samples produced in each language by the speakers. Acoustical measurements were measured with PRAAT and compared between languages and genders. The results indicated that female speakers had significantly higher F0 values in speaking English than Cantonese. Bilingual speakers exhibited comparable FSP values, but with significantly greater MSE value and lower ST value in Cantonese than English. The findings implied that, even with the same phonatory apparatus, language being spoken posed effect on speakers’ voice quality.
 
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version
 
dc.description"A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Speech and Hearing Sciences), The University of Hong Kong, June 30, 2010."
 
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 25-27).
 
dc.descriptionThesis (B.Sc)--University of Hong Kong, 2010.
 
dc.description.thesisdisciplineSpeech and Hearing Sciences
 
dc.description.thesislevelBachelor's
 
dc.description.thesisnameBachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences
 
dc.identifier.hkulb4812996
 
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/173698
 
dc.languageeng
 
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
 
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License
 
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.
 
dc.subject.lcshVoice.
 
dc.subject.lcshBilingualism.
 
dc.titleAcoustical differences in vocal characteristics between Cantonese and English produced by Cantonese-English bilingual adult speakers
 
dc.typeUG_Thesis
 
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