Syllable intelligibility for temporally filtered LPC cepstral trajectories

Takayuki Arai, Misha Pavel, Hynek Hermansky, Carlos Avendano

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The intelligibility of syllables whose cepstral trajectories were temporally filtered was measured. The speech signals were transformed to their LPC cepstral coefficients, and these coefficients were passed through different filters. These filtered trajectories were recombined with the residuals and the speech signal reconstructed. The intelligibility of the reconstructed speech segments was then measured in two perceptual experiments for Japanese syllables. The effect of various low-pass, high-pass, and bandpass filtering is reported, and the results summarized using a theoretical approach based on the independence of the contributions in different modulation bands. The overall results suggest that speech intelligibility is not severely impaired as long as the filtered spectral components have a rate of change between 1 and 16 Hz.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2783-2791
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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