Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Factors Affecting Native Japanese Speakers' Production of Intrusive (Epenthetic) Vowels In English Words

Keiichi Tajima (1), Donna Erickson (2), Kyoko Nagao (3)

(1) Information Sciences Division, ATR International, Kyoto, Japan
(2) Gifu City Women's College, Gifu City, Japan
(3) Konan University, Kobe, Japan

A salient characteristic of English spoken by native Japanese is th tendency to produce intrusive vowels between consonants or following word-final consonants (e.g., English \stress" as /su.to.re.su/). This study conducted speech analysis of a large set of Japanese-accented English utterances to evaluate the effects of various factors on vowel epenthesis. Results reveal effects of speaking rate and phonetic environment, but little effect of word familiarity and frequency.


Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Tajima, Keiichi / Erickson, Donna / Nagao, Kyoko (2000): "Factors affecting native Japanese speakers' production of intrusive (epenthetic) vowels in English words", In ICSLP-2000, vol.3, 558-561.