Real-Time MRI for Portuguese

Database, Methods and Applications
  • António Teixeira
  • Paula Martins
  • Catarina Oliveira
  • Carlos Ferreira
  • Augusto Silva
  • Ryan Shosted
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7243)


In this paper, we present a database of synchronized audio and Real-Time Magnetic Resonance Imaging (RT-MRI) in order to study dynamic aspects of the production of European Portuguese (EP) sounds. Currently, data have been acquired from one native speaker of European Portuguese. The speech corpus was primarily designed to investigate nasal vowels in a wide range of phonological contexts, but also includes examples of other EP sounds. The RT-MRI protocol developed for the acquisition of the data is detailed. Midsagittal and oblique images were acquired with a frame rate of 14 frames/s, resulting in a temporal resolution of 72 ms. Different image processing tools (automatic and semi-automatic) applied for inspection and analysis of the data are described. We demonstrate the potential of this database and processing techniques with some illustrative examples of Portuguese nasal vowels, taps, trills and laterals.


Real-Time MRI European Portuguese speech dynamics nasal vowels laterals taps trills 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • António Teixeira
    • 1
  • Paula Martins
    • 2
  • Catarina Oliveira
    • 2
  • Carlos Ferreira
    • 3
  • Augusto Silva
    • 1
  • Ryan Shosted
    • 4
  1. 1.DETI/IEETAUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.ESSUA/IEETAUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  3. 3.Institute of Biomedical Research in Light and Image, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  4. 4.Dep. of LinguisticsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUSA

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