Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Mora Timing Organization in Producing Contrastive Geminate/Single Consonants and Long/Short Vowels by Native and Non-Native Speakers of Japanese: Effects of Speaking Rate

Haiping Jia, Hiroki Mori, Hideki Kasuya

Utsunomiya University, Japan

The mora timing organization for producing contrastive geminate/ single consonants and long/short vowels is a difficult task for non-native speakers of Japanese. This paper investigates characteristics of the segment durations involved in the production of contrastive phonemes by native Japanese speakers and Chinese-speaking subjects, when the speaking rate is changed. From the statistical regression analysis of the measured segment durations of the utterances for a wide range of speaking rates, it was found that: 1) Native Japanese speakers exhibited a clear linear relationship between the segment duration and the average mora duration with few standard errors and individualities, whereas for Chinese-speaking subjects there were large standard errors and individualities though they maneuvered the timing skillfully at a regular speaking rate, 2) it was difficult for Chinese speakers to control the timing when the speaking rate varied, and 3) the normalized standard error in the regression model was a good index of the degree of achievement of the contrastive mora timing organization.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jia, Haiping / Mori, Hiroki / Kasuya, Hideki (2005): "Mora timing organization in producing contrastive geminate/single consonants and long/short vowels by native and non-native speakers of Japanese: effects of speaking rate", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 2221-2224.