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Proceedings of the 15th Australasian International Speech Science and Technology Conference , SST2014

Dec 2-5 2014, Christchurch, New Zealand

Editors Jennifer Hay and Emma Parnell

ISSN 1039-0227 Copyright © 2014 ASSTA All rights reserved

Frontpiece of proceedings can be found here


Forensics 1

10:25-12:05, 3rd December 2014, Session Chair: Viktoria Papp


LR-based forensic comparison under severe test-data scarcity.

Yuko Kinoshita1, Michael Wagner1

1University of Canberra


Replicate mismatch between test and background/development databases: The effect on the performance of likelihood ratio-based forensic voice comparison

Shunichi Ishihara1

1Australian National University


Regional variation and the definition of the relevant population in likelihood ratio-based forensic voice comparison using cepstral coefficients

Vincent Hughes1, Paul Foulkes1

1University of York


Comparison between speech parameters for forensic voice comparison using mobile phone speech

Esam Alzqhol1, Balamurali B T Nair1, Bernard Guillemin1

1University of Auckland


10:25-12:05, 3rd December 2014 ,Session Chair: Kevin Watson


Phonologisation of vowel duration and nasalised /æ/ in Australian English

Felicity Cox1, Sallyanne Palethorpe2

1Macquarie University, 2 ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders


Why the SQUARE vowel is the most variable in Sydney

Nhung Nguyen1, Jason Shaw1

1University of Western Sydney


Identifying /el/-/æl/:  A comparison between two regional Australian towns

Deborah Loakes1, John Hajek1, Joshua Clothier1, Janet Fletcher1

1University of Melbourne


Comparing acoustic analyses of Australian English vowels from Sydney: Cox (2006) versus AusTalk

Jaydene Elvin1, Paola Escudero1

1University of Western Sydney

L2 Acquisition

14:00-14:50, 3rd December 2014, Session Chair: Jeanette King


Segmental and tonal errors in L2 Mandarin speech produced by Australian English learners

Wentao Gu1, Ting Zhang1, Chiharu Tsurutani2

1Nanjing Normal University, 2Griffith University


Does immersion experience reduce /r/-/l/ category overlap for Japanese learners of English?

Michael Tyler1, Saya Kawase1, Mark Antoniou1

1University of Western Sydney 


15:15-16:30, 3rd December 2014,Session Chair: James Gruber


Tonal Alignment of Focal Pitch Accents in Two Varieties of Indian English

Olga Maxwell1,  Janet Fletcher1

1University of Melbourne


Amplitude and F0 as acoustic correlates of Kelantan Malay word-initial geminates

Mohd Hilmi Hamzah1, Janet Fletcher2, John Hajek2,

1Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2University of Melbourne


Pitch accents and prosodic properties of the Clitic in Yukulta (Tangkic)

Cicely Bonnin1

1University of Queensland

Perception 1

15:15-16:30, 3rd December 2014. Session Chair: Lynn Clark


Effects of short-term exposure to unfamiliar regional accents: Australians' categorization of London and Yorkshire English consonants

Jason Shaw1, Catherine Best1, Karen Mulak1, Gerard Docherty2, Bronwen Evans3, Paul Foulkes4, Jen Hay5, Jalal Al-Tamimi6, Mike Peek5, Katharine Mair3, Sophie Wood4

1University of Western Sydney, 2Griffith University, 3University College London, 4University of York,

5University of Canterbury, 6Newcastle University


Listeners cope with speaker and accent variation differently: Evidence from the Go/No-go task

Buddhamas Kriengwatana1, Paola Escudero,2 Josephine Terry2

1Leiden University, 2University of Western Sydney


Acoustic distance explains speaker versus accent normalization in infancy

Paola Escudero1, Karen Mulak1, Samra Alispahic1

1University of Western Sydney

New Technologies 1

11:25-12:40, 4th December 2014, Session Chair: Catherine Theys


Comparison of localised and feature-based variants of the mixelgram algorithm to perform audio-visual speaker association

Trent Lewis1, Patrick Klaosen1

1Flinders University 


Spectral enhancement of sounds by the stellate microcircuit of the ventral cochlear nucleus

Timothy Esler1, David Grayden1

1University of Melbourne 


Resources created for building New Zealand English voices

Catherine Watson1,  Amelie Marchi2

1University of Auckland, 2Grenoble INP - ENSE3

Acoustic Phonetics

11:00-12:40, 4th December  2014, Session Chair: Jen Hay


A spectral analysis of laterals in three Central Australian languages

Marija Tabain1, Andy Butcher2,Gavan Breen3, Richard Beare4

1La Trobe University, 2 Flinders University, 3Institute for Aboriginal Development, 4Monash University


Revisiting the pressure impulse in Australian languages: Bininj Gun-wok

Hywel Stoakes1, Andy Butcher2, Janet Fletcher1

1University of Melbourne, 2Flinders University


An acoustic study of the five Thai tones produced by ASD and TD children

Therdpong Thongseiratch1, Jariya Chuthapisith1,  Rungpat Roengpitya1

 1Mahidol University


Mr. White goes to market - running speech and citation tones in a southern Thai bidialectal

Phil Rose1,2

1Australian National University, 2Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Articulatory Phonetics

14:30-15:20, 4th December 2014, Session Chair: Donald Derrick


An electro-palatographic study of consonant sequences in Iwaidja

Janet Fletcher1, Andrew Butcher2, Deborah Loakes1

1University of Melbourne, 2Flinders University


'Advanced Tongue Root' in Lopit: Acoustic and ultrasound evidence

Rosey Billington1

1University of Melbourne

Perception 2

14:30-15:20, 4th December 2014, Session Chair: Lynn Clark


Improvements to vowel categorization in non-native regional accents resulting from multiple- versus single-talker training: A computational approach

Sarah Wright1, Jason Shaw1, Catherine Best1, Gerard Docherty2, Bronwen Evans3, Paul Foulkes4, Jen Hay5, Karen Mulak1

1University of Western Sydney, 2Griffith University, 3University College London, 4University of York

5University of Canterbury


Thai phonetically balanced word recognition test: Test-retest reliability and error analysis

A. Munthuli1, C. Tantibundhit1, C. Onsuwan1, K. Kosawat2

1Thammasat University, 2Thailand National Electronics and Computer Technology Center

Forensics 2

15:45-16:10, 4th December 2014, Session Chair: Paul Foulkes


A first attempt at compensating for effects due to recording-condition mismatch in formant-trajectory-based forensic voice comparison

Ewald Enzinger1

1University of New South Wales


Looking into the real world: LR variability under forensically realistic conditions

Yuko Kinoshita1

1Australian National University

Speech Production 1

14:30-15:20, 4th December 2014, Session Chair: Catherine Theys


Temporal planning in the production of Australian English compounds

Ivan Yuen1, Nan Xu Rattanasone1, Gretel McDonald1, Rebecca Holt1,

Katherine Demuth1

1Macquarie University


Time spent talking in retirement

Nina Fhärm1, Frida Wigelius Skoglund1, Jan van Doorn1

1Umeå University

New Technologies 2

10:10-11:50 5th December  2014, Session Chair: Catherine Watson


Automatic detection of speech truncation and speech rate

Chung Ting Justine Hui1, Teh June Chin1, Catherine Watson1

1University of Auckland


Short utterance PLDA speaker verification using SN-WLDA and variance modelling techniques

Ahilan Kanagasundaram1, David Dean1, Sridha Sridharan1

1Queensland University of Technology


Rescaling clustering trees using impact ratios for robust hierarchical speaker clustering

Houman Ghaemmaghami1, David Dean1, Shahram Kalantari1, Sridha Sridharan1

1Queensland University of Technology


Phonetic spoken term search using topic information

Shahram Kalantari1, David Dean1, Sridha Sridharan1

1Queensland University of Technology

Speech Production 2

10:10-11:50 5th December  2014, Session Chair: Beth Hume


Retention of Spanish coda /s/ by speakers of Kashibo-Kakataibo

Sally Bowman1, Roberto Zariquiey Biondi2, Marija Tabain1

1La Trobe University, 2Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru


Assibilation in Trans-New Guinea languages of the Bird’s Head region

Fanny Cottet1

1Australian National University


Iconicity in Korean consonantal symbolism

Nahyun Kwon1

1University of Queensland


Some initial findings regarding first language influence on playing brass instruments

Matthias Heyne1, Donald Derrick1,2

1University of Canterbury, 2University of Western Sydney


12:40-13:55, 5th December  2014, Session Chair: James Gruber


Sociophonetic and prosodic influences on judgements of sentence type

Paul Warren1

1Victoria University of Wellington


Stress-meter alignment in American hip hop

Casey Tait1, Marija Tabain1, Ingrid Sykes1

1La Trobe University


Examining the influence of pitch accents on word learning in German

Michael Walsh1, Katrin Schweitzer1, Hinrich Schütze2, Dermot Lynott3

1University of Stuttgart, 2Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, 3Lancaster University

Perception 3

12:40-13:55, 5th December  2014, Session Chair: Michael Tyler


A restriction on minimal words, or word endings?

Jason Brown1, Forrest Panther1

1University of Auckland


Orthographic effects on phonetic cue weighting

Grant McGuire1

1University of California Santa Cruz


Frequency in the input affects perception of phonological contrasts for native speakers

Rikke Louise Bundgaard-Nielsen1, 2, Brett Baker3

1La Trobe University, 2University of Western Sydney, 3University of Melbourne

Perception 4

14:20-15:35 5th December  2014, Session Chair: Jen Hay


Influence of phonological, morphological, and prosodic factors on phoneme detection by native and second-language adults

Valeria Peretokina1, Michael Tyler1, Catherine Best1

1University of Western Sydney


Perception of Italian and Japanese consonant length by native speakers of Australian English and Italian: A pilot study

Kimiko Tsukada1,  Felicity Cox1, John Hajek2,  Yukari Hirata3,

1 Macquarie University, 2University of Melbourne, 3Colgate University


Is more always better? The perception of Dutch vowels by English versus Spanish listeners

Samra Alispahic1, Paola Escudero1, Karen Mulak1

1University of Western Sydney

Child Language Acquisition

14:20-15:10 5th December  2014, Session Chair: Jeanette King


Consonant inventory of infants aged 0-6 months

Adele Gregory1, Marija Tabain1, Michael Robb2

1La Trobe University, 2University of Canterbury


Investigating the effect of intrusive noise levels on speech perception in an open-plan kindergarten classroom

Kiri Mealings1, Katherine Demuth1,Jorg Buchholz1,2, Harvey Dillon2

1 Macquarie University, 2National Acoustics Laboratories




The voiced emphatic coronal stop[ḍ] in the Ḥaḍrami Arabic: A socio-phonetic study

Hamad Altari1

1University of Auckland


Contour-based analysis of EGG data from words in isolation and connected speech

Stephen Bier1, Catherine Watson1, Clare McCann1

1University of Auckland


Venezuelan Spanish intransitives: More prosodic than you’d think 

Sasha Calhoun1, Erwin La Cruz1, Ana Olssen1

1Victoria University of Wellington


Recency effects on word-medial /t/ in New Zealand English: initial observations

Lynn Clark1, Liam Walsh1

1University of Canterbury


F0 as a word boundary cue for segmenting New Zealand English ethnolects

Kylie Fitzgerald1, Viktoria Papp1, Jen Hay1

1University of Canterbury


Distinguishing dysarthric speech: Vowel acoustics and measurements 

Annalise Fletcher1 Megan McAuliffe1, Kaitlin Lansford2,Julie Liss3

1University of Canterbury, 2Florida State University, 3Arizona State University


Ability to identify unfamiliar speech sounds negatively correlates with second language


Yurika Hashimoto1, Ian Wilson1, Younghyon Heo1

1University of Aizu


Why Indo-Aryan languages adapt English alveolars as reʈroflexes: Acoustic evidence from Punjabi

Qandeel Hussain1

1Macquarie University


I Bag Your Pardon: The Albertan æ/ɛ shift and community grammars

Jacqueline Jones1, Stephen Winters1

1University of Calgary


Diphthong trajectories in Māori

Jeanette King1, Catherine Watson2, Margaret Maclagan1, Peter Keegan2, Ray Harlow3 1University of Canterbury, 2University of Auckland, 3University of Waikato (Retired)


Preliminary comparison of New Caledonian & Metropolitan French mid vowels

Eleanor Lewis1

1University of Melbourne


Eye movements reveal Cantonese listeners use statistical information to assess category membership of acoustic cues

Jessie Nixon1, Jacolien van Rij1, Harald Baayen1, Peggy Mok2, Yiya Chen3

1University of Tübingen, 2 Chinese University of Hong Kong, 3Leiden University


Articulatory coordination in Nama click consonants 

Michael Proctor1, Yinghua Zhu2, Adam Lammert2, Asterios Toutios2, Bonny Sands3, Shrikanth Narayanan2,

1Macquarie University, 2University of Southern California, 3Northern Arizona University


Blocking in linguistic associative learning

Darcy Rose1, Peter Racz1, Jen Hay1, Beth Hume1

University of Canterbury


Synthesizing speech using the AusTalk corpus

Zhijie Shao1, Richard Leibbrandt1, Trent Lewis1

1Flinders University


The neurophysiological correlates of overt speech productions: Dissociation of the speech production phases and test-retest reliability

Catherine Theys1, Maarten De Vos2, Megan McAuliffe1

1University of Canterbury, 2University of Oldenbury


Intergenerational vowel change in several Russian-English speakers

Ben Volchok1

1University of Melbourne