Foreign accent matters most when timing is wrong

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Title Foreign accent matters most when timing is wrong
Author Tsurutani, Chiharu
Publication Title INTERSPEECH
Editor Takao Kobayachi, Keikichi Hirose and Satoshi Nakamura
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Tokyo
Publisher Causal Productions PtyLtd
Abstract This study aims to investigate native speakers' perception of prosodic variation of Japanese utterances. The pitch contour above the word level is hard to determine due to individual variation or pragmatic and para-linguistic factors. Nevertheless, native speakers' intonation is relatively consistent as long as the context and intention of the utterance is predetermined. On the other hand, L2 speakers' intonation contains some prosodic deviation from the native speakers' model, and yet some deviations are treated as non-native production and some are not. By identifying the prosodic deviations that are tolerated by native listeners, we will have better understanding of crucial points necessary for the improvement of Japanese pronunciation and the reference for computer-based assessment tools. The study suggests that pitch errors affect the performance score, but not as significantly as do timing errors.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.interspeech2010.org
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 ISCA and the Authors. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference's website or contact the authors.
ISBN 1990-9772
Conference name INTERSPEECH
Location Chiba-Tokyo
Date From 2010-09-26
Date To 2011-09-30
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36647
Date Accessioned 2011-01-30
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Japanese Language; Laboratory Phonetics and Speech Science
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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