The Acoustic characteristic of /hVd/ vowels in the speech of some Australian teenagers

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The study presents an acoustic examination of the 18 stressed monophthongs and diphthongs of Standard Australian English, detailing the frequency and durational characteristics of these vowels produced in the hVd context by 60 male and 60 female adolescent talkers from Sydney. It entails a rigorous acoustic analysis using objective signal processing techniques to detail vowel structure in a strictly controlled fashion. The paper additionally provides the first large-scale published analysis of vowels produced by Australian females and compares vowel formant and durational characteristics across the sexes. The results provide a point of reference for those who require detailed acoustic information about Standard Australian English vowel production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-179
Number of pages33
JournalAustralian Journal of Linguistics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • monophthongs
  • diphthongs
  • Standard Australian English
  • hVd vowels
  • adolescents language


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