14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
Tamil dialects may contain as many as five contrastive liquids. This paper focuses on two of the more unusual of these liquids. The study uses MRI-derived vocal tract data in conjunction with an articulatory synthesizer to investigate articulatory-acoustic mappings in these sounds. The effects of varying constriction area, constriction location and side-cavity lengths are investigated. Simulation results show good correspondence between estimated and actual formant values.
Bibliographic reference. Narayanan, Shrikanth / Kaun, Abigail (1999): "Acoustic modeling of Tamil retroflex liquids", In ICPhS-14, 2097-2100.