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The vowel inherent spectral change of English vowels spoken by native and non-native speakers
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Average distance (D) of VISC (left panel) and average angle (α) of VISC (right panel) were plotted for each speaker group as a function of vowel category. Black bars are for EN, light gray bars for CN, and dark gray bars for KN speakers. The distance of VISC was calculated by using formula (1) specified in Sec. II . The angle of VISC, expressed in degrees, was calculated by using formula (2) .

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Average distance (upper panel) and angle (lower panel) of VISC were plotted for CN speaker (left) and KN speaker (right) groups as a function of vowel category. On the left two panels (upper and lower), gray bars are for Chinese vowels and black bars are for English vowels spoken by CN speakers. On the right two panels, gray bars are for Korean vowels and black bars are for English vowels spoken by KN speakers.

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2014-04-19

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The current study examined Vowel Inherent Spectral Change (VISC) of English vowels spoken by English-, Chinese-, and Korean-native speakers. Two metrics, spectral distance (amount of spectral shift) and spectral angle (direction of spectral shift) of formant movement from the onset to the offset, were measured for 12 English monophthongs produced in a /hvd/ context. While Chinese speakers showed significantly greater spectral distances of vowels than English and Korean speakers, there was no significant speakers' native language effect on spectral angles. Comparisons to their native vowels for Chinese and Korean speakers suggest that VISC might be affected by language-specific phonological structure.

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Scitation: The vowel inherent spectral change of English vowels spoken by native and non-native speakers
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