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Phonetica. 1989;46(1-3):117-25.

How well does average fundamental frequency correlate with speaker height and weight?

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Speaker Identification Department, Bundeskriminalamt, Wiesbaden, FRG.


The purpose of this investigation is to shed some more light on the conflicting views about a number of acoustic parameters which might carry information on some general somatic features of the speaker. In an experiment, average fundamental frequency (F0) values of 105 male and 78 female adult subjects were correlated with their individual height and weight data. No significant correlations between acoustic and physical parameters were found. The results are discussed with respect to earlier studies with completely different approaches to the issue, namely direct estimation of physical traits from the speech signal by listeners.

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