14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Mutual Intelligibility of American, Chinese and Dutch-Accented Speakers of English Tested by SUS and SPIN Sentences

Hongyan Wang (1), Vincent J. van Heuven (2)

(1) Shenzhen University, China
(2) Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands

This paper investigates the mutual intelligibility of Chinese, Dutch (both foreign-language learners) and American (native language) speakers of English using SUS (Semantically Unpredictable Sentences) and SPIN (Speech in Noise) materials. We test the hypothesis that speakers and listeners who share the same native-language background have an advantage (interlanguage speech intelligibility benefit).

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Bibliographic reference.  Wang, Hongyan / Heuven, Vincent J. van (2013): "Mutual intelligibility of American, Chinese and Dutch-accented speakers of English tested by SUS and SPIN sentences", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 431-435.