Comparison of Native and Non-native Perception of L2 Japanese Speech Varying in Prosodic Characteristics

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Tsurutani, Chiharu
Tsukada, Kimiko
Ishihara, Shunichi
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Marija Tabain, Janet Fletcher, David Grayden, John Hajek, Andy Butcher

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2010
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This study investigates non-native listeners' perception of prosodic variation of Japanese utterances. A previous study [12] reports that there is no significant difference in the assessment of the accented speech by two groups of native Japanese-speaking judges, i.e., between those who have been exposed to non-native speech and those who have not, in that both of them relied on the correctness of timing for their judgement. The same second language (L2) Japanese utterances as those used in [12] were presented to two groups of learners (beginners and advanced) whose L1 is English. The listeners were asked to assess the pronunciation of those utterances using a 7-point scale. It was found that beginners and advanced learners use different criteria for their judgement from native speakers depending on the error types in the speech samples.

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Proceedings of the 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology

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© 2010 ASSTA. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the conference's website for access to the definitive, published version.

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Laboratory Phonetics and Speech Science

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