5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Same Talker, Different Language

Verna Stockmal, Danny R. Moates, Z. S. Bond

Ohio University, USA

Listeners can easily say whether a language they are hearing is familiar or foreign to them. Infants, young children, and adults are able to make same-language, different-language judgments at better than chance levels. In many of these studies, foreign language samples have been provided by different talkers so that language and talker characteristics have been confounded. We conducted three experiments using the same talker for different pairs of language. Listeners were able to discriminate between two languages they do not know even when spoken by the same talker, suggesting that listeners can distinguish talker characteristics from language characteristics.

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Bibliographic reference.  Stockmal, Verna / Moates, Danny R. / Bond, Z. S. (1998): "Same talker, different language", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0164.