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

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2008

Phonetic Convergence and Language Talent Within Native-Nonnative Interactions

Natalie Lewandowski, Travis Wade, Grzegorz Dogil

Institute for Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart, Germany

The notion of phonetic convergence covers all adaptations in articulatory and acoustic features towards those of a communicative partner, or in other terms an increase in segmental and suprasegmental similarity between them (Pardo 2006). Up until now most of the experiments on convergence were designed for monolingual dyads, with very few investigations of convergence in native-nonnative interactions in a foreign language learning environment. We tried to analyze the convergent behavior of nonnative speakers of English in dialog with native speakers and the persistence of the effect in relation to their rated phonetic talent. In this paper we present first results for a global measurement of convergence - the comparison of amplitude envelope signals.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lewandowski, Natalie / Wade, Travis / Dogil, Grzegorz (2008): "Phonetic convergence and language talent within native-nonnative interactions", In ExLing-2008, 137-140.