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1 James M Scobbie CASL Research Centre LOT summer school Ultrasound, phonetics, phonology: Articulation for Beginners! With special thanks to collaborators Jane Stuart-Smith & Eleanor Lawson Joanne Cleland & Zoe Roxburgh Natasha Zharkova, Laura Black, Steve Cowen Reenu Punnoose, Koen Sebreghts Sonja Schaeffler & Ineke Mennen Conny Heyde Alan Wrench (aka Articulate Instruments Ltd) for AAA software and UTI hardware Various funding – thank you to ESRC, EPSRC, QMU June 2013

2 Structure Introduction to articulation Brief overview of techniques Ultrasound tongue imaging Playtime Technical issues and the nitty gritty of data Maybe a linguistic illustration –Malayalam liquids

3 Technical issues Different laboratories have different solutions Exemplification will be based around current practice at QMU / Articulate Instruments Ltd Topics (mostly in this order) –Resolution, fixed aspect ratio representations –Up, down and horizontal…the bite plane –Quick averaging multiple tongue surfaces –Statistical testing of difference between averages –Two tongues, synching, de-interfacing –Video-rate vs. (ultra) high speed ultrasound

4 Spatial resolution around the curve More echo-pulse beams / scanlines means more resolution in a circumferential direction –Let’s assume 1 scanline each 2° (180 in a circle) –Scanlines get further apart the further they are from the probe At 90mm from probe centre, resolution is 3.14mm At 60mm, resolution is 2mm 45mm it is 1.6mm –To maintain these resolutions… A 90° field of view would need 46 scanlines A 135° field of view would need 69 scanlines

5 Spatial resolution along the radii More sample points means more resolution in a radial direction –8cm depth with 256 sample points = 0.3mm/point Assuming enough pixels to represent each point

6 150 s-lines @ 0.9°, FoV 135°, 57fps

7 50 s-lines @ 2.7°, FoV 135°, 166fps

8 Rectangular images The fan shape is presented on a rectangular screen, and occupies a proportion of that space A TV image has a certain number of data points horizontal / vertical (e.g. in NTSC) These are digitised into pixels at a given resolution… Horizonatal in the head is not the same thing as being parallel to the x-axis in the rectangle!

9 Harrington, Kleber & Reubold 2011 Approximate location of EMA coils in analysis of /u/ fronting in SSBE

10 Harrington et al Approximate location of EMA coils in analysis of /u/ fronting in SSBE – 2-4mm back/below /i/

11 UTI single SSE speaker Example of a UTI vowel space, rotated to occlusal bite plane, with average curves (± 1sd) Left pane is standard view, right the UTI view…

12 Finding the “horizontal” Use a “bite plate” to detect the unique occlusal plane for each speaker, as in typical in EMA Flat plane defined on upper dentition surface Also provides common origin as well as axes Scobbie, Lawson, Cowen, Cleland & Wrench (2012) ms. – I might be able to put this online…

13 wikipedia In humans, the directions "rostral" and "caudal" often become confused with anterior and posterior, or superior and inferior. The difference between the two is most easily visualized when looking at the head, as can be seen in the image to the right. From the most caudal of positions in the nervous system (of a person) to a nearby, rostral area, it is equally accurate to say the area in question is rostral as to say it is superior. However, in the frontal lobes of the telencephalon, to say an area is rostral to a nearby area is equivalent to saying it is anterior. Those two lines lie on planes perpendicular to one another. This occurs, as becomes clear in the diagram, due to the intuitive yet curious curving "C" shape of rostrocaudal directionality when discussing the human brain.telencephalon

14 Occlusal biteplane trace bite plate

15 Variation in bite plane s1s2s3s4s5s6 Occlusal slope -8°-18°-23°-13°-22°-27° Distance from probe surface (mm) 314443354240 Angular offset of rear 92°82°83°77°80°69° Six young adult female speakers Varying slopes (mean 18.5°) Varying vertical offset Varying horizontal offset back of plate

16 Overlay of 6 hard palates Mean hard palate trace (black) and biteplane trace grey), automatic curve fitting

17 Palates normalised to bite planes Normalised (translation and rotation) to rear of bite plane and relocation of origin (+45mm) Better palate trace alignment, with one “rogue”

18 Alternatives Palates can be used to orientate between sessions, by swallowing (e.g. water or yoghurt) Longitudinal, within-speaker –Just line up the palates! –Easy, huh?! Cross-speaker –Might be better than bite plate when worrying about close approximation constrictions –Bite plate might be better for open approximation The probe can be moved instead A consistent articulation can be used, eg [u]

19 Upright / supine MRI data is collected supine – does it matter? Upright L and supine R “pop” vowel Wrench et al 2011


21 Summary 6 female speakers, varied accents 5 reps of pep and of pop in randomised list of vowels 4 blocks, repeating upright/supine set twice –Upright first for 3, supine first for 3 Pharyngeal slump under gravity of about 3mm And a couple of cases of blade raising

22 Averaging tokens within-speaker

23 Averaging within AAA Averaging along 42 fan-grid radii, “parallel” to scan-lines / echo-pulse beam from the probe

24 Tokens of [s] from /si/ n tokens along radius r

25 Tokens of [s] from /sa/ and /si/ vs. a different condition

26 2 groups of curves t-test of the difference between mean tongue contour at crossing point at each fan line 2-tailed test assuming unequal variances and unequal sample sizes No Bonferroni or other corrections Up to 5 or 6 adjacent radii, mean distance from probe is correlated, perhaps indicating non- independence of such “close” measures For a linguistic interpretation of difference, 5 or 6 adjacent radii, all at p<0.05 on t-test is more important than p<0.0001 on one radius

27 Pilot correlation v1 2 speakers, 4 frames each 42 radii per speaker… What % of correlations between two random radii are significant, depending on the distance between them Radial distance Grand mean All parts of tongue pooled More cases of adjacent than long distance comparisons

28 Pilot correlation v2 A range of 9 varied tongue shapes (9 single frames) from each speaker 4 samples for each frame – roughly equally spaced Is there a correlation for fans 10 apart? 9? 8? 7? … Pilot B (NI1)

29 3 attempts – more long-distance significance found One sector on the fan is 7 fanlines ABC # fans874

30 What to try next? Just two sample points per frame, front and back? Pilot 2 A = 9 fans rather than 8 were significant (n=18 observations, so lower values of r were significant) Or one in the middle looking forwards and backwards? Or use many more target types? Or ones that show more subtle differences, such as a set of CV transitions, including every frame, not just varied targets

31 Tokens of [s] from /sa/ and /si/ Raw tongue curves again

32 Mean /sa/ vs. /si/ Significant root advancement (~5mm) and palatalisation (~4mm) in /si/ More than 5 adjacent fans where p<0.05, but in 2 areas

33 Mean /sa/ vs. /si/ SS-ANOVA best fit lines ( ∓ 95% c.i.) - Davidson

34 Mean /sa/ vs. /si/ Exploring treating >5 fan lines at p<0.05 as categorically “significant” but quantifying it all: –Including crossing/pivot points –Ignore significance if curves are low confidence –Quantify length of the significant tongue surface –Estimate total difference in area

35 Single speaker (SSE) Neutral space Thick lines for means – cf overlap, non overlap, and crossings

36 The two tongue problem Wrench & Scobbie (2006) list some of the problems with video-ultrasound resulting from buffering multiple probe scans into one image –More than one scan from the probe in an image –Partial scans from the probe in an image –Don’t forget 30fps is about 33ms, so synch is vague Some solutions, –Use raw probe data (cine loop) but this costs € –Use a high scan rate (more than twice NTSC) and then deinterlace the video to 60fps –Halves vertical spatial resolution (rectangular up)

37 Video digital capture & buffering The scanner scans and makes screen images

38 Video digital capture & buffering The scanner scans and makes screen images

39 Plain 30fps video In these images, two apparent tongues show the effect of two scans in the same buffer, on odd and even video “lines”

40 Solutions Deinterlace video images to 30fps (16ms or so) “Cineloop” digital output can be stored locally on US scanners –Full rectangular cine images –Approx 15 second chunks –Continuous audio recordings need post-processing alignment AAA / QM Ultrasonix-based system –Data stored as raw probe echo-pulse returns –Synchronised at source with audio at each frame –Video channel freed up, and can be used to capture lip videos

41 High speed 76 scan lines, 100fps, FoV 112°

42 Ultra-high speed 39 scan lines, 196fps, FoV 112°

43 Ultra-high speed 25 scan lines, 306fps, FoV 112°

44 “dog” – ultra high speed 382fps time g ɔ d backfront

45 “tongue blade height” during [d] hs-UTI @ 382fps & video @ 60fps, 300ms –Constriction-tracking, comparable to but different to flesh-point tracking

46 Demo videos Video demo, deinterlaced lip camera 60fps [folder]folder –UTI old dutch and labialised english r [link]link –Lip ultrax kids [link] – deinterlaced ring [link]link High speed UTI 100fps –Malayalam retroflex lateral [folder]folder Slomo [link]link Slomo with spline [link]link Real speed with spline [link]link

47 Single frame targets Two darker (tongue root) liquids, L / ɭ / and R /r/ Three clearer (ATR, ~pal’ised) l /l/, r / ɾ /, 5 zh

48 High speed (100fps) Malayalam trill /r/ R between /a/ –Left = closing half of gesture –Right = opening half Note trill motion in blade and stable root

49 High speed (100fps) Malayalam tap / ɾ / between /a/ Note greater movement in root, pivot point

50 High speed (100fps) Malayalam retroflex flap / ɭ / Stable root, mobile blade, slower approach with very fast release (nb some UTI artefacts) of over 400mm/sec peak velocity

51 Gestural speed Unlike EMA, it’s hard to quantify kinematics Need to explore / compare with EMA

52 Root stability? Positional examinations are easier Retroflex flap and trill both have a very stable root, which could be due to –Posterior bracing to enable the anterior movement –Coincidental, because the context was /a__a/ and these liquids have a dark resonance in Malayalam We can compare /a__a/ to /a__i/

53 Retroflex lateral flap in a__a Green = prev vowels and formation of maximally retracted “target” (black) Red = during the flap Purple = afterwards

54 Green = prev vowels and formation of maximally retracted “target” (black) Red = during the flap Purple = afterwards Retroflex lateral flap / ɭ / in a__i High spatial accuracy when orthogonal to beam Lower spatial accuracy when parallel to beam

55 Comparison Overlap: during period from target to acoustic transition –dark aLa –light aLi How should we to quantify? No sig difference anteriorly but…?

56 Single frame targets Two darker (tongue root) liquids, L / ɭ / and R /r/ Three clearer (ATR, ~pal’ised) l /l/, r / ɾ /, 5 zh

57 Next to an /i/ vowel Two darker (tongue root) liquids, L / ɭ / and R /r/ Root advancement and some palatalisation

58 Next to an /i/ vowel Three clearer (ATR, ~pal’ised) l /l/, r / ɾ /, 5 zh Root advancement and more palatalisation

59 Summary Support for Punnoose’s acoustic findings of dark vs. light resonances in the liquid system, –Tongue root –Palatal dorsal area Apparent tongue-root bracing for trill and retroflex lateral flap in an /a_a/ context is associated with these being dark consonants –There is steady dynamic root coarticulation in /a_i/ Both light and dark liquids coarticulate but don’t overlap

60 Any time for any more?

61 ULTRAX – adding missing pieces Ultrasound misses a great deal of information! ULTRAX project to obtain corpus of 12 speakers in MRI / UTI to build real-time model Renals & Richmond @ CSTR

62 Could be used for head-movement correction within the midsagittal plane and/or Analysis of lip kinematics Headset-mounted camera

63 Estimate based on oval model of internal 2D labial aperture, 60fps (~17ms per frame) Coronal “cross-sectional area”

64 Orientation-free measures Measures of curviness of the tongue may escape the image-orientations problem Mielke’s concavity & Zharkova’s dorsal bulge (and others) offer speaker-internal unoriented analysis –But there is a worry about front/back of tongue being needed, since end-points can be arbitrary

65 How do /t/ and /k/ differ? For a variety of work, it is nice to compare a speaker’s productions against a kind of norm ULTRAX group 1 corpus of 30 children offer useful dataset –ata, iti, oto vs. aka, iki, oko –Speaker-internal ratio of /k/-/t/, along fanlines –Should show extra dorsal distance in /k/ and extra alveolar distance for /t/

66 results For example, /k/-/t/ of /a/ can be averaged by lining up the maximum excursion point These are not tongue surfaces! Nor in a fan!

67 Results – anterior to left

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