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Abstract #4355

Dynamic 3D Visualization of Vocal Tract Shaping During Speech

Yinghua Zhu1, Yoon-Chul Kim1, Michael I. Proctor1, Shrikanth S. Narayanan1, Krishna S. Nayak1

1Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States

We reconstruct the 3D dynamics of vocal tract based on 1) parallel 2D real-time imaging of 15 repetitions of a speech productions /asa/, /aʃa/, /ala/ and /ara/, with the synchronized noise-cancelled audios recorded simultaneously, and 2) alignment of the 2D real-time movies using dynamic time warping based on the recorded audio tracks, with mel-frequency cepstral coefficients as the acoustic feature to analyze. The resulting 3D movies show several vocal tract features that cannot be seen in single 2D slice, and therefore present unique value to speech research.