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Phonetica. 1992;49(2):128-40.

Speaking fundamental frequency patterns of Japanese women.

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Seishin Gakuen Women's College, Ibaraki, Japan.

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to obtain information on the speaking fundamental frequency (SFF) mean levels, variability and patterns of Japanese females and contrast them with those of Caucasian speakers of American English. To this end, 56 young women--32 Japanese and 24 Americans--read standard passages in either or both the Japanese and English languages. It was found that the Japanese exhibited higher fundamental frequencies than did the Americans for all speaking conditions, and this contrast was statistically significant. Additionally--and unlike the American speakers--most Japanese women exhibited bimodal SFF distribution patterns. It is judged that the observed differences in level and distribution result primarily from differences in the structure of the two languages.

PMID:
1615035
DOI:
10.1159/000261907
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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