ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Do English speakers assimilate Mandarin tones to English prosodic categories?

Connie K. So, Catherine T. Best

This study examined whether native English (NE) speakers perceive non-native tones of Mandarin in terms of their English intonational categories (Flat pitch, Question, Uncertainty, and Statement). The results indicated that NE listeners assimilated non-native tones to their native intonational categories, which share phonetic similarities with those of Mandarin tones. Thus, the assumption that assimilations of non-native prosodic categories (e.g., tones) to native prosodic categories - an extension from the Perceptual Assimilation Model (PAM) - is supported.


Cite as: So, C.K., Best, C.T. (2008) Do English speakers assimilate Mandarin tones to English prosodic categories? Proc. Interspeech 2008, 1120

@inproceedings{so08b_interspeech,
  author={Connie K. So and Catherine T. Best},
  title={{Do English speakers assimilate Mandarin tones to English prosodic categories?}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},
  pages={1120}
}