Age-related changes in fundamental frequency and formants: a longitudinal study of four speakers

Jonathan Harrington*, Sallyanne Palethorpe, Catherine I. Watson

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    Abstract

    The study is concerned with a longitudinal acoustic analysis of two sets of recordings from the same four speakers over an interval of between 29 and 50 years. The aim was to determine whether there is any evidence for age-related acoustic changes. Our analysis showed that the same speakers have lower f0, a lower F1, a marginally lower F2, and an unchanging or sometimes higher F3 in their later recordings. There is some suggestion from these data that the change in F1-f0 in Bark from earlier to late recordings is proportional to the change in F3-F2 in Bark. This suggests that there is shift in the speaker space roughly along a diagonal in the phonetic height x backness plane with increasing age.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInterspeech 2007
    Subtitle of host publication8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, Vols 1-4
    Place of PublicationFrance
    PublisherISCA-INT SPEECH COMMUNICATION ASSOC
    Pages1081-1084
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)9781605603162
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventInterspeech Conference 2007 - Antwerp, Belgium
    Duration: 27 Aug 200731 Aug 2007

    Conference

    ConferenceInterspeech Conference 2007
    CountryBelgium
    CityAntwerp
    Period27/08/0731/08/07

    Keywords

    • ENGLISH
    • VOWELS
    • PRONUNCIATION

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