Date of Award
Master of Arts
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Dr. James M. Hillenbrand
Dr. John M. Hanley
Dr. Michael J. Clark
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This investigation was a replication and extension of Peterson and Barney’s (1952) research on the acoustics and perception of vowels. This study explored the acoustic characteristics of 12 vowels produced by 50 men, 50 women and 41 children. Speech samples were tape recorded as subjects read lists of words and isolated vowels. Speech samples were digitized. Speech waveforms, spectrograms and formant frequencies were examined and measured.
The average formant frequency values were similar but not identical to the values reported by Peterson and Barney (1952). The largest discrepancy between the two studies was the degree of overlap among vowel categories, which was much larger in the present study.
Getty, "Acoustic Characteristics of Vowels Produced by Men, Women and Children" (1990). Master's Theses. 1042.