Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
October 16-20, 2000
Perception of Swedish Vowel Quantity: Tracing Late Stages of Development
Dawn M. Behne (1), Peter E. Czigler (2), Kirk P. H. Sullivan (2)
(1) Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
A distinction in vowel quantity is typically realized acoustically
by vowel duration. Research on the perception of Swedish
vowel quantity by adult native speakers supports this. It further
suggests that when the duration of a vowel is relatively long
(due, e.g., to inherent duration), listeners may also make use of
vowel spectra to distinguish vowel quantities.
The current project investigates the perceptual cues used to
distinguish vowel quantities in late stages of language
development. Of particular interest is whether pre-adult
listeners use spectral cues to identify the quantity of vowels
which have a relatively long inherent duration. Results are
compared with the findings for Swedish adults and discussed in
terms of the perceptual role of vowel duration and spectra as
cues for vowel quantity.
(2) Umeň University, Umeň, Sweden
Behne, Dawn M. / Czigler, Peter E. / Sullivan, Kirk P. H. (2000):
"Perception of Swedish vowel quantity: tracing late stages of development",
In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 547-550.