ISCA Archive JEP 2022
ISCA Archive JEP 2022

Perceptual assimilation of Mandarin non-sibilant fricatives by speakers of Quanzhou Southern Min

Caihong Weng, Alexander Martin, Ioana Chitoran

Non-native speech sounds are often assimilated to native sound categories. According to the Perceptual Assimilation Model (PAM), non-native speech sounds are classified as exemplars of native sound categories. The present study examines the perception of Mandarin non-sibilant fricatives by Quanzhou Southern Min (QSM) native speakers. We explore the perceptual assimilation of non-sibilant fricatives by QSM speakers through an experimental study of contextual effects. QSM is one of the most widely spoken regional languages in China. QSM speakers mainly use QSM in daily life and learn Mandarin in school. This study examines perceptual assimilation between Mandarin and QSM, and looks at how QSM speakers perceive and assimilate a non-native contrast in different phonetic contexts and according to their degree of exposure to Mandarin.


doi: 10.21437/JEP.2022-40

Cite as: Weng, C., Martin, A., Chitoran, I. (2022) Perceptual assimilation of Mandarin non-sibilant fricatives by speakers of Quanzhou Southern Min. Proc. XXXIVe Journées d'Études sur la Parole -- JEP 2022, 375-384, doi: 10.21437/JEP.2022-40

@inproceedings{weng22_jep,
  author={Caihong Weng and Alexander Martin and Ioana Chitoran},
  title={{Perceptual assimilation of Mandarin non-sibilant fricatives by speakers of Quanzhou Southern Min}},
  year=2022,
  booktitle={Proc. XXXIVe Journées d'Études sur la Parole -- JEP 2022},
  pages={375--384},
  doi={10.21437/JEP.2022-40}
}