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Richard Fontana audio files
by Bob Cunningham
An experiment to try a way of comparing sounds
These recordings provide interleaved comparisons of Richard Fontana's sounds
with sounds from the IPA's CD Sounds of the IPA. The reason for making
the recordings was to see how helpful this approach may be in
deciding which sounds a speaker uses.
Each of the last six files deals with one sample from RF's rendition of
'Bother, father caught hot coffee in the car park.' The first file
is the full rendition.
The sample appears three times, each time followed by a sound from the
Phonetic Association's CD Sounds of the IPA.
The IPA sounds are, in succession, cardinal vowels 4, 5, and 13.
Cardinal 4 is /a/ (open, front, unrounded).
Cardinal 5 is /A/ (open, back, unrounded).
Cardinal 13 is /A./ (open, back, rounded).
In each case, I've expanded the length of the vowel sound in the RF
sample by copying a small section of the vowel portion, then pasting
it repeatedly. This produces various artifacts such as warble, or
clicks at the meeting points of the segments. Despite the artifacts,
I think the vowel quality is clear enough for the purpose.