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Acoustics of the Vowel – Indices


The previous study and corresponding treatise entitled
"Acoustics of the Vowel – Preliminaries" presents a critical reading, indeed a falsification, of the current acoustic theory of the vowel, and with this, the current understanding of the voice. However, the treatise seeks to demonstrate that even though prevailing theory fails to adequately designate the vowel specific acoustic characteristics, the theory and corresponding descriptive principles indicate in an indexical way the actual physical characteristics of vowels.

The present study
attemtps to formulate these indices in order to form a basis for future theoretical approaches.

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Dieter Maurer
Christian d'Heureuse
Heidy Suter


Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Institute for the Performing Arts and Film (IPF), Switzerland
Inventec Informatik AG, Winterthur, Switzerland