15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Wave, Resonance, and Vowel Formants: Application of Physics Software to Education of Language and Speech Science

Yuki Kakita

Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan

Physical basics of speech production, such as sound generation, wave propagation, resonance, standing wave, and vowel formants, are often difficult to understand, particularly for those who are not familiar with physics. This paper proposes that simple physics software can be used effectively to help foster understanding of basic physical and acoustic concepts in speech production. Specifically, basic physical concepts of vowel production are explained by using Interactive Physics, software for modeling, calculating and demonstrating motions based on simple drawings of masses, springs, etc.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kakita, Yuki (2003): "Wave, resonance, and vowel formants: application of physics software to education of language and speech science", In ICPhS-15, 977-980.