A Cortical Model for a θ-Oscillator Segmenting Syllables

Conference: Speech Communication - 14th ITG Conference
09/29/2021 - 10/01/2021 at online

Proceedings: ITG-Fb. 298: Speech Communication

Pages: 5Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Hoege, Harald (Universität der Bundeswehr München, Neubiberg, Germany)

In the human cortex, the auditory signal is segmented robustly into syllables using θ-oscillations, where the phase and instantaneous frequency of each θ-cycle corresponds to the position and duration of a syllable. Recently, in the superior temporal gyrus, ensamples of neurons sensitive to edge features have been detected, which spike at the maximal rise of the envelope of the auditory signal at the onset of the nucleus of a syllable. The paper presents a cortical model of an θ-oscillator driven by features of the envelope of the auditory signal and driven by edge features resetting the θ-phase. First experiments on the performance of the θ-oscillator are presented.