Across-talker effects on non-native listeners' vowel perecption in noise

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Health
Department Communication Sciences & Disorders
Creator Ferguson, Sarah Hargus
Other Author Bent, Tessa; Kewley-Port, Diane
Title Across-talker effects on non-native listeners' vowel perecption in noise
Date 2010
Description This study explored how across-talker differences influence non-native vowel perception. American English (AE) and Korean listeners were presented with recordings of 10 AE vowels in /bVd/ context. The stimuli were mixed with noise and presented for identification in a 10-alternative forced-choice task. The two listener groups heard recordings of the vowels produced by 10 talkers at three signal-to-noise ratios. Overall the AE listeners identified the vowels 22% more accurately than the Korean listeners. There was a wide range of identification accuracy scores across talkers for both AE and Korean listeners. At each signal-to-noise ratio, the across-talker intelligibility scores were highly correlated for AE and Korean listeners. Acoustic analysis was conducted for 2 vowel pairs that exhibited variable accuracy across talkers for Korean listeners but high identification accuracy for AE listeners. Results demonstrated that Korean listeners? error patterns for these four vowels were strongly influenced by variability in vowel production that was within the normal range for AE talkers. These results suggest that non-native listeners are strongly influenced by across-talker variability perhaps because of the difficulty they have forming native-like vowel categories.
Type Text
Publisher Acoustical Society of America
Volume 128
Issue 5
First Page 3142
Last Page 3151
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Bent, T., Kewley-Port, D., & Ferguson, S. H. (2010). Across-talker effects on non-native listeners vowel perecption in noise. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128(5), 3142-51.
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6pg28z5
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