The ability of listeners to use recovered envelope cues from speech fine structure

J Acoust Soc Am. 2006 Apr;119(4):2438-44. doi: 10.1121/1.2173522.


Recent work has demonstrated that auditory filters recover temporal-envelope cues from speech fine structure when the former were removed by filtering or distortion. This study extended this work by assessing the contribution of recovered envelope cues to consonant perception as a function of the analysis bandwidth, when vowel-consonant-vowel (VCV) stimuli were processed in order to keep their fine structure only. The envelopes of these stimuli were extracted at the output of a bank of auditory filters and applied to pure tones whose frequency corresponded to the original filters' center frequencies. The resulting stimuli were found to be intelligible when the envelope was extracted from a single, wide analysis band. However, intelligibility decreases from one to eight bands with no further decrease beyond this value, indicating that the recovered envelope cues did not play a major role in consonant perception when the analysis bandwidth was narrower than four times the bandwidth of a normal auditory filter (i.e., number of analysis bands > or =8 for frequencies spanning 80 to 8020 Hz).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention*
  • Cues*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Phonetics*
  • Reference Values
  • Sound Spectrography
  • Speech Acoustics*
  • Speech Intelligibility*
  • Speech Perception*