Resonances and mode shapes of the human vocal tract during vowel production

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We show that higher vowel formants may consist of multiple acoustic resonances. We compute the Helmholtz resonances of the vocal tract (VT) using FEM. The resulting resonance and pressure information is then compared to formants extracted from recorded vowel phonation. It is observed that the pure longitudinal modes appear in the sequence of all acoustic modes in an order that depends on the vowel even in a single test subject.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th Nordic Seminar on Computational Mechanics
EditorsAnders Logg, Andre Massing, Kent-Andre Mardal
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventNordic Seminar on Computational Mechanics - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 23 Oct 201325 Oct 2013
Conference number: 26


SeminarNordic Seminar on Computational Mechanics
Abbreviated titleNSCM


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