First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

Perception of Rhythm: A Comparison Between Americans and Japanese

Noriko Uosaki, Morio Kohno

Kobe City University of Foreign Studies Nishi-ku, Kobe, Japan

Three kinds of experiments were held to find out some answers to the following questions:(l)Do speakers of different language perceive rhythmic sequences differently? If so, is it due to the language difference? (2) Is the grouping effect consistent in different language groups? (3) Is there any difference in rhythmic perception between sounds with and without linguistic information? The results showed that (1) statistically significant difference was found only in pitch, but not in intensity nor duration, (2)difference in grouping effect among sequences of different frequency, pitch and duration existed only in Japanese subjects, but not in American subjects, (3)the types of stimuli with some linguistic information and without it did not produce any difference in rhythmic perception, (4)perception of rhythm by American subjects is deeply concerned with their native language but no particular relation was found in Japanese subjects.

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Bibliographic reference.  Uosaki, Noriko / Kohno, Morio (1990): "Perception of rhythm: a comparison between americans and Japanese", In ICSLP-1990, 585-588.