14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Salento Italian Listeners' Perception of American English Vowels

Bianca Sisinni (1), Paola Escudero (2), Mirko Grimaldi (1)

(1) Università del Salento, Italy
(2) University of Western Sydney, Australia

The present study investigates Salento Italian (SI) listeners' initial state in the perception of American English (AE) vowels. Results of categorization and discrimination tasks are discussed in terms of the Perceptual Assimilation Model and the Second Language Linguistic Perception model (L2LP). Further, the categorization results are compared to those of the Peruvian Spanish (PS) listeners in [1] to test the L2LP acoustic hypothesis, according to which the acoustic differences between the five SI and PS vowels will lead to different categorizations of AE vowels. Predictions of differential perceptual development across listener groups are provided.


  1. Escudero, P., and Chládková, K., “Spanish listeners' perception of American and Southern British English vowels”, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 128(5), EL254-EL260, 2010.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Sisinni, Bianca / Escudero, Paola / Grimaldi, Mirko (2013): "Salento Italian listeners' perception of American English vowels", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 2091-2094.