The intellectual and empirical reasoning presented in this treatise, however, gives rise to scepticism with respect to this understanding of the sound of the vowel. The reflections and materials presented provide reason to argue that, up to now, a comprehensible theory of the acoustics of the voice and of voiced speech sounds is lacking, and consequently, no satisfying understanding of vowels as an achievement and particular formal accomplishment of the voice exists. Thus, the question of the acoustics of the vowel – and with it the question of the acoustics of the voice itself – proves to be an unresolved fundamental problem.
Part III: Experiences and Observations
The third part of the main text formulates several hypotheses about the actual relationship between vowel sounds, sound spectra and formant patterns. These hypotheses refer to the recordings mentioned in the first part of the introduction and to related analyses and observations. ← 55 | 56 →