Phoneme categorization relying solely on high-frequency energy

A. D. Vitela, Brian B. Monson, Andrew J Lotto

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Speech perception studies generally focus on the acoustic information present in the frequency regions below 6 kHz. Recent evidence suggests that there is perceptually relevant information in the higher frequencies, including information affecting speech intelligibility. This experiment examined whether listeners are able to accurately identify a subset of vowels and consonants in CV-context when only high-frequency (above 5 kHz) acoustic information is available (through high-pass filtering and masking of lower frequency energy). The findings reveal that listeners are capable of extracting information from these higher frequency regions to accurately identify certain consonants and vowels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)EL65-EL70
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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