Volume 106, Issue 1, July 1999
Index of content:
- SPEECH PROCESSING AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS 
106(1999); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.427069View Description Hide Description
The extent to which it is necessary to model the dynamic behavior of vowelformants to enable vowel separation has been the subject of debate in recent years. To investigate this issue, a study has been made on the vowels of 132 Australian English speakers (male and female). The degree of vowel separation from the formant values at the target was contrasted to that from modeling the formant contour with discrete cosine transform coefficients. The findings are that, although it is necessary to model the formant contour to separate out the diphthongs, the formant values at the target, plus vowel duration are sufficient to separate out the monophthongs. However, further analysis revealed that there are formant contour differences which benefit the within-class separation of the tense/lax monophthong pairs.