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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Spectral Balance Utilization in Different Speaking Styles - A Preliminary Investigation

Gunilla C. Thunberg

Stockholms Universitet, Sweden

Changes in the spectral energy balance may be employed for linguistic as well as non-linguistic purposes. For some languages enhancement of the upper part of the speech spectrum has been shown to contribute to perceived emphasis or linguistic focus. It is also a well known fact that classically trained singers make use of a singer's formant, that will enable them to vocally compete with an orchestral accompaniment. Only a few attempts have been made to identify some corresponding speaker's formant. Considering linguistic demands on spoken language, however, there is potential conflict between the employment of a speaker's formant and the need for mere linguistic signalling, mainly on a suprasegmental level.

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Bibliographic reference.  Thunberg, Gunilla C. (2003): "Spectral balance utilization in different speaking styles - a preliminary investigation", In ICPhS-15, 2149-2152.