14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Effects of Acoustic Features in Perception of Stress-Related Variants

Michiko Mochizuki Sudo (1), Shigeru Kiritani (2)

(1) Juntendo University, Japan; (2) University of Tokyo, Japan

The purpose of the present study is to examine the influence of acoustic features on the perception of English weak forms among Japanese learners of English. First, partial dictation tests were designed to test the listening abilities for weak forms of Japanese college students. The average percentage of correct perceptions for pronouns and articles ranged from 100% to 15%, depending on the sentences tested. We observed that, among Japanese, phonetic environments exerted a significant influence on the degree of difficulty of perception. A further study was made to test for durational features affecting the perception of weak forms. We found that Japanese learners and native speakers of English behaved very differently with respect to the perception of durational features in their perception.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sudo, Michiko Mochizuki / Kiritani, Shigeru (1999): "Effects of acoustic features in perception of stress-related variants", In ICPhS-14, 113-116.