Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 2000)
October 16-20, 2000
The Role of Language Experience in Speaker and Rate Normalization Processes
Allard Jongman (1), Corinne B. Moore (2)
(1) Linguistics Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
This study explores the extent to which listeners are sensitive to
variations in context when listening to Mandarin tones.
Specifically, the effects of speaker F0 and speaking rate are
evaluated on the perception of a Tone 2-Tone 3 continuum that
varied either along a spectral parameter, a temporal parameter, or
both. In addition, two groups of listeners were tested, Chinese
and American. Results showed that both listener groups
compensate for variations in both F0 and speaking rate.
However, Chinese and American listeners did not weigh the
acoustic cues in the same manner. Results suggest that language
background aids in disambiguating phonemic contrasts for
Mandarin listeners, but that for English listeners the
normalization effects are a consequence of acoustic
discriminability. Limitations on perceptual resources allow
English listeners to attend to extrinsic information only when
intrinsic acoustic differences become more perceptually salient.
(2) Diebold, Inc., North Canton, OH, USA
Jongman, Allard / Moore, Corinne B. (2000):
"The role of language experience in speaker and rate normalization processes",
In ICSLP-2000, vol.1, 62-65.