Effect of language experience on the categorical perception of Cantonese vowel duration

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Abstract

This study investigated the effect of language experience on the categorical perception of Cantonese vowel duration distinction. By comparing Cantonese and Mandarin listeners' performances, we found that: (1) duration change elicited categorical perception in the performance of Cantonese listeners, but not in Mandarin listeners; (2) Cantonese listeners were affected by the vowel quality differences, whereas Mandarin subjects were generally unbiased towards the quality differences; (3) effect of duration was overridden by the vowel quality [a] condition in the performance of Cantonese listeners. Our findings suggested that vowel quality is incorporated as a phonological cue in Cantonese.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-172
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2011 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 27 Aug 201131 Aug 2011

Keywords

  • Cantonese
  • Categorical perception
  • Duration
  • Vowel quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Signal Processing
  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation

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