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Title: Functional data analysis in phonetics
Author: Hadjipantelis, Pantelis-Zenon
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2013
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The study of speech sounds has established itself as a distinct area of research, namely Phonetics. This is because speech production is a complex phenomenon mediated by the interaction of multiple components of a linguistic and non-linguistic nature. To investigate such phenomena, this thesis employs a Functional Data Analysis framework where speech segments are viewed as functions. FDA treats functions as its fundamental unit of analysis; the thesis takes advantage of this, both in conceptual as well as practical terms, achieving theoretical coherence as well as statistical robustness in its insights. The main techniques employed in this work are: Functional principal components analysis, Functional mixed-effects regression models and phylogenetic Gaussian process regression for functional data. As it will be shown, these techniques allow for complementary analyses of linguistic data. The thesis presents a series of novel applications of functional data analysis in Phonetics. Firstly, it investigates the influence linguistic information carries on the speech intonation patterns. It provides these insights through an analysis combining FPCA with a series of mixed effect models, through which meaningful categorical prototypes are built. Secondly, the interplay of phase and amplitude variation in functional phonetic data is investigated. A multivariate mixed effects framework is developed for jointly analysing phase and amplitude information contained in phonetic data. Lastly, the phylogenetic associations between languages within a multi-language phonetic corpus are analysed. Utilizing a small subset of related Romance languages, a phylogenetic investigation of the words' spectrograms (functional objects defined over two continua simultaneously) is conducted to showcase a proof-of-concept experiment allowing the interconnection between FDA and Evolutionary Linguistics.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: P Philology. Linguistics ; QA Mathematics