ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2008

Model-Based Duration Analysis on English Natives and Thai learners

Chatchawarn Hansakunbuntheung (1), Hiroaki Kato (2), Yoshinori Sagisaka (1)

(1) GITI/Language and Speech Science Research Labs, Waseda University, Japan
(2) NICT/ATR Cognitive Information Science Labs, Japan

This paper presents a model-based statistical duration analysis on the comparison between English natives and Thai-native English learners. The analyses were carried out to characterize non-native’s duration control on (1) control differences between natives and learners and on (2) the relationship between the duration characteristics and learners’ background reflecting English experiences. The analyses showed lower speech rate and strong influence of the first language characteristics in beginner’s speech and gradual improvements according to their English experiences quantitatively.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hansakunbuntheung, Chatchawarn / Kato, Hiroaki / Sagisaka, Yoshinori (2008): "Model-based duration analysis on English natives and Thai learners", In ExLing-2008, 101-104.