Optimal syllabic rates and processing units in perceiving Mandarin spoken sentences

Guangting Mai, Gang Peng

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Abstract

This paper presents our investigations on the syllable-related processing during human perception of Mandarin spoken sentences. Two behavioral perception experiments were conducted employing a signal synthesis method in a previous study [1]. We found (1) a clear relationship between speech intelligibility and syllabic rates of spoken sentences and (2) significantly higher speech intelligibility of sentences acoustically segmented at sub-syllable and syllable levels than at the level beyond one syllable. We therefore revealed the optimal syllabic rates and processing units in perceiving Mandarin continuous speech and further discussed the association between our results and the possible underlying neural mechanisms in the human brain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2477-2480
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

  • Mandarin
  • Optimal processing units
  • Optimal syllabic rates
  • Speech intelligibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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