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Title: The Waveform Model of Vowel Perception and Production
Written By: Michael Anthony Stokes
URL: http://www.universal-publishers.com/book.php?method=ISBN&book=1599428881
Description:

For decades, a number of attempts have been made to define the processes of vowel
perception. Understanding this cognitive process at the most fundamental level has the
potential of improving communication applications and speech processing diagnostics. The
Waveform Model of Vowel Perception and Production approaches the problem from the unique
perspective found in waveform displays. The visual patterns led to a unique method of vowel
categorization and identification. In addition to explaining perception, organizing the
articulatory positions of the lips and tongue by the Waveform Model categorization showed
that each feature in the waveform signal can be associated with a specific articulatory
gesture. The categorical relationships also led to an explanation of perceptual errors. A
successful model of vowels should account for perception, production, and errors, but the
Waveform Model is the first to explain and incorporate each of these aspects into one
comprehensive model. In support of the Waveform Model, 97.7% accuracy across the vowels
produced by 20 male talkers is described in the Waveform Model book. To replicate and
improve upon these results, the 50 male talkers in the robust Hillenbrand et al. dataset (1995)
were processed using the Waveform Model methods with 99.2% accuracy being achieved (first
public discussion of these results; the 161st meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in
May, 2011). In summary, the Waveform Model explains vowel perception, production, and
errors, and the evidence demonstrating its effectiveness is growing. The Waveform Model is
explaining vowel processing at the most fundamental level.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Universal-Publishers
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Phonetics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1599428881
ISBN-13: 9781599428888
Pages: 94
Prices: U.S. $ 29.95