How can I distinguish different consonants based on acoustic information/spectrographic analysis such as in Praat? Is there a list of acoustic cues for different consonants like there is for average vowel formants?

  • Welcome to Linguistics SE! For others to be able to answer your questions you might need to expand your question a little. What exactly do you want to do? Determine boundaries between consonants and vowels? Determine what consonant was produced at a certain part of a recording? Also, what do you already know? Have you consulted any textbooks on Acoustic phonetics?
    – robert
    Aug 23, 2013 at 14:09
  • Determine what consonant was produced at a certain part of a recording? - yes, exactly. Sorry for non informative question. I have a little trouble with posting my question. I have read wikipedia on vowels and consonants and help of praat. I already now that the vowels might be distiguished by the formants F1, F2 and F3. And its not the case of consonants. So how we can distinguish them if we dont have precise F1, F2...
    – madphoneme
    Aug 23, 2013 at 14:26
  • It's a little more difficult than with vowels. Manner of articulation is easy in consonants, but place of articulation is tricky. If you have at least some previous knowledge in acoustic phonetics try the relevant chapters in Hayward's Experimental Phonetics.
    – robert
    Aug 23, 2013 at 14:32
  • I know about VOT, but i'm not sure if we can consider VOT as a main characteristics of consonant. And i don't find table with example of VOT for each consonant as we have for vowels in wikipedia.
    – madphoneme
    Aug 23, 2013 at 14:34
  • Do you have a specific task to accomplish? Like transcribing a recording? Then spectrographic analysis should only complement an auditory analysis. Or are you asking for general knowledge?
    – robert
    Aug 23, 2013 at 14:36


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