Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

Sound Perception Between Two Languages Based on Analyses of Onomatopoeic Expression

Manabu Kotani (1), Haruya Matsumoto (2)

(1) Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University, Nada, Kobe, Japan (2) Osaka Institute of Technology, Asahi, Osaka, Japan

This paper describes the study on the difference of sound perception between language speakers through the comparison of onomatopoeic utterances on the analytical basis. Onomatopoeic expressions are the words whose sounds relate to the meaning. They, therefore, may form the key by which the relationship between the sound perception and the sound production is clarified. We pay attention to three kinds of psychological attributes of the sound perception and compare them for the Japanese and Chinese languages for original sounds. The result shows that the manner of the perception of acoustic features differs in some extent between Japanese and Chinese speakers. The investigation and the comparison of the onomatopoeic expressions will be effective for the study of the nature of sound perception of each language speaker.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kotani, Manabu / Matsumoto, Haruya (1995): "Sound perception between two languages based on analyses of onomatopoeic expression", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 2263-2266.