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.
Bibliographic reference. Garcia Lecumberri, M. Luisa / Cooke, Martin / Cutugno, Francesco / Giurgiu, Mircea / Meyer, Bernd T. / Scharenborg, Odette / Dommelen, Wim van / Volin, Jan (2008): "The non-native consonant challenge for european languages", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1781-1784.