LINGUIST List 9.1346

Mon Sep 28 1998

Sum: Sibilant Acoustics

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  1. Jack Wiedrick, Summary of Sibilant Acoustics

Message 1: Summary of Sibilant Acoustics

Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 11:44:26 -0500 (CDT)
From: Jack Wiedrick <>
Subject: Summary of Sibilant Acoustics

I want to thank all of those who responded to my (somewhat naive)
question, and supplied me with their valuable time and knowledge.

The question basically amounts to: How are sibilants different from each
other, and how do we know? Apparently, this is an question of ongoing

Bladon, A., and P.F. Seitz. 1986. "Spectral edge orientation as a
	discriminator of fricatives." Journal of the Acoustic Society of America
	(JASA), 80:S18-19.
Forrest, K., Weismar, G., Milenkovic, P., and R. Dougall. 1988.
	"Statistical analysis of word-initial voiceless obstruents: Preliminary
	data." JASA, 84:115-23.
Kent, R., and C. Read. 1992. _The Acoustic Analysis of Speech_. Singular
	Publishing Group, San Diego.
Nguyen, N., Hoole, P., and A. Marchal. 1994. "Regenerating the spectral
	shapes of [s] and [S] from a limited set of articulatory parameters."
	JASA, 96(1):33-9.
Seitz, F., Bladon, A., and I. Watson. 1988. "Frequency domain
	characteristics and classification of physically and perceptually scaled
	British English sibilant consonants." Progress Reports from Oxford
	Phonetics, 3:36-73.
Stevens, K. 1971. "Airflow and turbulence noise for fricative and stop
	consonants: Static considerations." JASA, 50:1180-92.
Strevens, P. 1960. "Spectra of fricative noise in human speech." Language
	and Speech, 3:32-49.
Whalen, D.H. 1991. "Perception of the English /s/-/S/ distinction relies
	on fricative noises and transitions, not on brief spectral slices." 
	JASA, 90(4):1776-85.

Alice Faber, Haskins Laboratories
Allard Jongman, Cornell University and Max Planck Institute for
Rochelle Newman, University of Iowa Department of Psychology
P. Franz Seitz, Army Audiology and Speech Center  Walter Reed AMC

Thanks very much to all.

Jack Wiedrick
Rice University
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