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Cross-language perceptual similarity predicts categorial discrimination of American vowels by naïve Japanese listeners.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21974496     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Current speech perception models propose that relative perceptual difficulties with non-native segmental contrasts can be predicted from cross-language phonetic similarities. Japanese (J) listeners performed a categorical discrimination task in which nine contrasts (six adjacent height pairs, three front/back pairs) involving eight American (AE) vowels [iː, ɪ, ε, æː, ɑː, ʌ, ʊ, uː] in /hVbə/ disyllables were tested. The listeners also completed a perceptual assimilation task (categorization as J vowels with category goodness ratings). Perceptual assimilation patterns (quantified as categorization overlap scores) were highly predictive of discrimination accuracy (r(s)=0.93). Results suggested that J listeners used both spectral and temporal information in discriminating vowel contrasts.
Winifred Strange; Miwako Hisagi; Reiko Akahane-Yamada; Rieko Kubo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  130     ISSN:  1520-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-06     Completed Date:  2012-01-26     Revised Date:  2013-06-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  EL226-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2011 Acoustical Society of America
PhD Program in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences, The City University of New York-Graduate School and University Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation
Audiometry, Speech
Discrimination (Psychology)*
Speech Acoustics*
Speech Intelligibility*
Speech Perception*
Time Factors
Young Adult
Grant Support
00323//PHS HHS

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