An acoustic-perceptual approach to the prosody of Chinese and native speakers of Italian based on yes/no questions

Marilisa Vitale, Philippe Boula de Mareuïl, Anna De Meo


The present study investigates the prosody of yes/no questions (in comparison with statements) in Chinese learners and native speakers of Italian. Acoustic analyses and a perceptual test were performed, in order to identify the main trends in non-native productions. Results show the relevance of prosody, which differentiates elementary, intermediate and advanced Chinese learners of Italian. Listening tests based on prosody transplantation also suggest that non-native segments with a native Italian prosody are rated as less accented than are native Italian segments with a non-native prosody. Similar trends were found, overall, in terms of question/assertion discrimination, confirming the relative importance of prosody. These findings could be helpful for teachers and learners of Italian as a foreign language.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-117

Cite as: Vitale, M., Mareuïl, P.B.D., Meo, A.D. (2014) An acoustic-perceptual approach to the prosody of Chinese and native speakers of Italian based on yes/no questions. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 648-652, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-117.


@inproceedings{Vitale2014,
  author={Marilisa Vitale and Philippe Boula de Mareuïl and Anna De Meo},
  title={{An acoustic-perceptual approach to the prosody of Chinese and native speakers of Italian based on yes/no questions}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={648--652},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-117},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-117}
}