ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2010

Perception of English prominence by native Mandarin Chinese speakers

Andrew Rosenberg, Julia Hirschberg, Kim Manis

Native-like perception of intonational prominence is important for spoken language competency. Non-native speakers may have trouble interpreting prosodic variation in a second language like English, where intonational variation can critically influence utterance semantics. By identifying types of prosody non-native learners find difficult to perceive, we can improve our ability to teach L2 speakers a language. In this paper we present results of a perception study in which Mandarin speakers with knowledge of English were tested on their ability to identify prosodic prominence in English in a variety of contexts. Through this analysis we identify particular contexts which make it difficult forMandarin speakers to recognize pitch accent in English.

Index Terms: prosody, pitch accent, intonational prominence, perception, non-native speech

Cite as: Rosenberg, A., Hirschberg, J., Manis, K. (2010) Perception of English prominence by native Mandarin Chinese speakers. Proc. Speech Prosody 2010, paper 982

  author={Andrew Rosenberg and Julia Hirschberg and Kim Manis},
  title={{Perception of English prominence by native Mandarin Chinese speakers}},
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2010},
  pages={paper 982}