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Determining Pronunciation Differences in English Allophones Utilizing Audio Signal Parameterization

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An allophonic description of English plosive consonants, based on audio-visual recordings of 600 specially selected words, was developed. First, several speakers were recorded while reading words from a teleprompter. Then, every word was played back from the previously recorded sample read by a phonology expert and each examined speaker repeated a particular word trying to imitate correct pronunciation. The next step consisted in partitioning by editing two recorded sets of words into allophones, then signals were analyzed and subsequently audio excerpts were parametrized. The comparison of two sets of allophones was reinforced by the phonology expert’s assessment of produced speech sounds. Analyses presented in this paper allowed for determining a set of parameters describing an allophone pronunciation.

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