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What makes 'mama' and 'papa' acceptable? Experiments with a replica of von Kempelen's speaking machine

  • The paper reports on experiments with acoustic recordings of a self-built replica of the historic speaking machine of Wolfgang von Kempelen. Several possibilities of the reed as the glottal excitation mechanism were tested. Perception tests with naïve listeners revealed that the machinegenerated words 'mama' and 'papa' were partially recognised as an authentic child voice – as it was also the case in von Kempelen's demonstrations in the late 18th century.

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Author:Fabian Brackhane, Jürgen Trouvain
Parent Title (English):International Speech Production Seminar (ISSP 2008) Proceedings, December 8th to 12th 2008, Strasbourg, France
Place of publication:Straßbourg
Editor:Rudolph Sock, Susanne Fuchs, Yves Laprie
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2008
Date of Publication (online):2015/01/21
GND Keyword:Kempelen, Wolfgang von; automatische Sprachproduktion; historische Phonetik
First Page:329
Last Page:332
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 410 Linguistik / 414 Phonologie, Phonetik
Linguistics-Classification:Phonetik / Phonologie
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG