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Re: CV Formant transition values, ba-da-ga in french or english

Dear Alexandre,

You may be interested in looking at the Abramson/Lisker VOT stimuli
used in the paper Lisker, L. & Abramson, A.S. A cross-language study
of voicing in initial stops: acoustical measurements. Word, 1964, 20,


Best wishes,


Heriberto Avelino
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On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 3:28 PM, Alexandre Lehmann
<alexandre.lehmann@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello,
> I am setting up a pilot experiment on syllable speech perception using the
> ba, da and ga syllables.
> This seems to be a recurring question, I have searched the auditory archive
> prior to asking and coulnd't find any answer.
> Many articles have generated similar stimuli, but the information they
> provide in the method section is never sufficient to synthesize similar
> sounds, (for example only initial formant values are specified). I have been
> trying it out using Klatt synth or Praat but I was unsuccesful.
> The online Klatt synth from Timothy Bunnel (U. Delaware) provides an example
> of a ba generating script, with the values of various formants and params
> varying in time. I am looking for similar values for the da and ga
> syllable.
> Ideally I would appreciate hints on how to make a ba - da - ga continuum,
> and optimize distinguishibility, in french or english. I would like to make
> exagerated versions of those syllables in order for them to be very
> saliently distinguishable.
> Thanks a lot in advance for your advices,
> Best
> Alexandre Lehmann