8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Perception of Non-native Phonemes in Noise

Nicole Cooper (1), Anne Cutler (2)

(1) Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
(2) Nijmegen, Netherlands

We report an investigation of the perception of American English phonemes by Dutch listeners proficient in English. Listeners identified either the consonant or the vowel in most possible English CV and VC syllables. The syllables were embedded in multispeaker babble at three signal-to-noise ratios (16 dB, 8 dB, and 0 dB). Effects of signal-to-noise ratio on vowel and consonant identification are discussed as a function of syllable position and of relationship to the native phoneme inventory. Comparison of the results with previously reported data from native listeners reveals that noise affected the responding of native and non-native listeners similarly.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cooper, Nicole / Cutler, Anne (2004): "Perception of non-native phonemes in noise", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 469-472.