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Title: Producing a Singer’s Formant at High Front Vowels - Some Kinematical and Anatomical Aspects
Authors: VAN ZWIETEN, Koos Jaap 
Issue Date: 2012
Source: International Sound and Vibration Digest, 13 (4), p. 10-11
Abstract: The so-called singer’s formant is a merge between at least two formants, possibly F3 and F4. We reconstructed some functional-anatomical phenomena in pronouncing the vowel /i/, by means of a crossed four-bar-linkage model simulating jaw motion in a sagittal plane. During uttering the high front vowel /i/ in “Heed”, the tongue’s dorsum is lifted, so as to narrow the linguo-palatal port, while the velo-pharyngeal port simultaneously closes. Although Sundberg et al. (2007) presume individual preference in the amount of this velo-pharyngeal closing during the production of a singer’s formant, we rather interpret this as a tautening of the palatine aponeurosis by bilateral activity of the tensor veli palatini muscle, neuromotorically associated with a slight elevation of the mandible by bilateral activity of a.o. the medial pterygoid muscle.
Notes: In cooperation with Chamber Choir De Kleine Cantorij NPO, Tongeren, Belgium.
Keywords: Singer's Formant; High Front Vowels; Functional Anatomy; Kinematical Analysis; Neuromotor Aspects; Classical Singing; Scientific Basis.
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Rights: INTERNATIONAL SOUND AND VIBRATION DIGEST (ISVD) Published by THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ACOUSTICS AND VIBRATION (IIAV) Volume 13, Number 4, Date: 22 August 2012 Editor-in-Chief: Malcolm J. Crocker, Auburn University, USA Managing Editor: Margarita Maksotskaya, Auburn University, USA
Category: A2
Type: Journal Contribution
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