L2 experience and non-native vowel categorization of L1-mandarin speakers

Bo Ren Hsieh*, Ho-hsien Pan

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Abstract

This study investigates the effect of L2-English experience on the perception of the English tense-lax high vowel contrast. Experienced L1-Mandarin, inexperienced L1-Mandarin and L1-English listeners identified and discriminated synthetic heed-hid and who'd-hood continua varying in five steps of F1, F2, and F3 variations and seven steps of duration variations. The results show a strong reliance on formant variations by L1-English listeners; reliance on duration variations by the inexperienced L1-Mandarin listeners, and a more dominant reliance on formant cues than on duration cues by the experienced L1-Mandarin listeners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages1249-1252
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association: Spoken Language Processing for All, INTERSPEECH 2010 - Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
Duration: 26 Sep 201030 Sep 2010

Conference

Conference11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association: Spoken Language Processing for All, INTERSPEECH 2010
CountryJapan
CityMakuhari, Chiba
Period26/09/1030/09/10

Keywords

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Vowel perception

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    Hsieh, B. R., & Pan, H. (2010). L2 experience and non-native vowel categorization of L1-mandarin speakers. 1249-1252. Paper presented at 11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association: Spoken Language Processing for All, INTERSPEECH 2010, Makuhari, Chiba, Japan.