Effects of preceding vocabulary context on the perception of Mandarin vowels

Xunan Huang, Caicai Zhang, Fei Chen, Jonathan Sieg, Lan Wang, Feng Shi

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Abstract

This study compares the perceptual performance of Mandarin basic vowels 'e' (//) and 'u' (/u/) in different contexts (independent & contextual). Results indicate that perception of the target vowel is influenced by the adjacent vowel context in a contrastive manner in both identification and discrimination tests. Moreover, in a context of higher F1 and F2, listeners found it more difficult to discriminate stimuli belonging to the /u/ category (which has lower F1 and F2), which may result from the effect of the referential formants of the context. Despite the influence of contextual factors, both // and /u/ in Mandarin showed relatively stable perception categories, and the perceived psychological parameters were consistent with the measured acoustic values Wu Zongji (1964) found for the Mandarin vowels // and /u/.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2016 10th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing, ISCSLP 2016
PublisherIEEE
ISBN (Electronic)9781509042937
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2017
Event10th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing, ISCSLP 2016 - Tianjin, China
Duration: 17 Oct 201620 Oct 2016

Conference

Conference10th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing, ISCSLP 2016
Country/TerritoryChina
CityTianjin
Period17/10/1620/10/16

Keywords

  • Categorical perception
  • Context
  • Vowel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Linguistics and Language

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