Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Production and Perception of English Sentences Spoken by Japanese University Students

Ichiro Miura

Kyoto University of Education, Kyoto, Japan

In Experiment I, English sentences pronounced by Japanese university students (both English majors and non-English majors) as well as Americans were analysed acoustically. The results showed that in interrogative and complex sentences, longer duration and/or smaller F0 ranges were observed in Japanese than in American speakers. In Experiment II, perceptual judgment of naturalness was conducted, changing either F0 or duration. The results showed that raising the sentence-final F0 facilitated naturalness whereas lengthening or shortening vowel durations did not.

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Bibliographic reference.  Miura, Ichiro (1994): "Production and perception of English sentences spoken by Japanese university students", In ICSLP-1994, 1731-1734.