ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

The non-native consonant challenge for european languages

M. Luisa Garcia Lecumberri, Martin Cooke, Francesco Cutugno, Mircea Giurgiu, Bernd T. Meyer, Odette Scharenborg, Wim van Dommelen, Jan Volin

This paper reports on a multilingual investigation into the effects of different masker types on native and non-native perception in a VCV consonant recognition task. Native listeners outperformed 7 other language groups, but all groups showed a similar ranking of maskers. Strong first language (L1) interference was observed, both from the sound system and from the L1 orthography. Universal acoustic-perceptual tendencies are also at work in both native and non-native sound identifications in noise. The effect of linguistic distance, however, was less clear: in large multilingual studies, listener variables may overpower other factors.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-490

Cite as: Garcia Lecumberri, M.L., Cooke, M., Cutugno, F., Giurgiu, M., Meyer, B.T., Scharenborg, O., Dommelen, W.v., Volin, J. (2008) The non-native consonant challenge for european languages. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 1781-1784, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-490

  author={M. Luisa {Garcia Lecumberri} and Martin Cooke and Francesco Cutugno and Mircea Giurgiu and Bernd T. Meyer and Odette Scharenborg and Wim van Dommelen and Jan Volin},
  title={{The non-native consonant challenge for european languages}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},