Sentence Accent Perception in Noise by French Non-Native Listeners of English

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Researchers

  • Odette Scharenborg
  • Fanny Meunier
  • Sofoklis Kakouros
  • Brechtje Post

Research units

  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • University Côte d'Azur
  • University of Cambridge

Abstract

This paper investigates the use of prosodic information signalling sentence accent and the role of different acoustic features on sentence accent perception during native and non-native speech perception in the presence of background noise. A phoneme detection experiment was carried out in which English native listeners and French highly proficient non-native listeners of English were presented with target phonemes in English sentences. Sentences were presented in different levels of speech-shaped noise and in two prosodic contexts in which the target-bearing word was either deaccented or accented. Acoustic analyses of the two prosodic conditions showed that the target-bearing words in the accented condition carried more energy, had a higher F0, and more spectral tilt than those in the deaccented condition. Results of the behavioural data showed that the native listeners outperformed the French listeners in the clean condition but not in the noise conditions and that the effect of noise was smaller for the non-native compared to the native listeners. Possibly, the non-native listeners use more and different acoustic cues than the native listeners who primarily relied on more local cues for sentence accent detection.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody
Subtitle of host publication13-16 June 2018, Poznań, Poland
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Speech Prosody - Poznań, Poland
Duration: 13 Jun 201816 Jun 2018
Conference number: 9

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Speech Prosody
ISSN (Electronic)2333-2042

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Speech Prosody
CountryPoland
CityPoznań
Period13/06/201816/06/2018

    Research areas

  • sentence accent, phoneme detection, native listening, non-native listening, noise, acoustic features

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