Title: An acoustic analysis of vowels in checked syllables in Chinese
Author(s): WU Bo;
Affiliation(s): School of Humanities, Nanjing Normal University
Abstract: Vowels in checked syllables are almost short and abrupt in Chinese Mandarin dialects. This paper proposed a parametric statistical modeling for the analysis of these vowels. The parameters were described empirically with the method of probability distribution. The effects of the multi-parameter classifications were estimated by the binary and multinomial logistic models, and the method of support vector machine was adopted to carry out the pattern recognition of the classifications. The results show that the parameters of duration, DCT_(1-3) are significant to the external classification, and the parameters of DCT_(0-3) have significant main effects on the internal classification. The automatic testing shows that the hit rate of the external pattern recognition is only 43.6% but the rate is 96.1% of the internal. It indicates that the abrupt feature should be additive rather than distinctive.