Journal of the International Phonetic Association

Research Notes

The Formants of Monophthong Vowels in Standard Southern British English Pronunciation

David Deterdinga1

a1 National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 469 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259756 e-mail:


The formants of the eleven monophthong vowels of Standard Southern British (SSB) pronunciation of English were measured for five male and five female BBC broadcasters whose speech was included in the MARSEC database. The measurements were made using linear-prediction-based formant tracks overlaid on digital spectrograms for an average of ten instances of each vowel for each speaker. These measurements were taken from connected speech, allowing comparison with previous formant values measured from citation words. It was found that the male vowels were significantly less peripheral in the measurements from connected speech than in measurements from citation words.