Articulation of Mandarin sibilants

a multi-plane realtime MRI study

Michael Proctor, Li Hsuan Lu, Yinghua Zhu, Louis Goldstein, Shrikanth Narayanan

Research output: Contribution to journalConference paper


Production of sibilant fricatives by four speakers of Mandarin Chinese was examined using real-time Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rtMRI). Data were reconstructed at 33.18 frames per second in the midsagittal plane, and additionally acquired in a coronal plane intersecting the vocal tract behind the alveolar ridge. Although individual speakers differed in the details of articulation, each of the three sibilants was found to be distinguished by a characteristic constriction location, groove geometry, and tongue shaping behind the primary constriction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-116
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (14th : 2012) - Sydney
Duration: 3 Dec 20126 Dec 2012


  • Mandarin Chinese
  • sibilant fricatives
  • MRI

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