Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Perceptual Learning of Japanese Mora Syllables by Native Speakers of American English An Analysis of Acquisition Processes of Speech Perception in Second Language Learning

Tsuneo Yamada (1), Reiko A. Yamada (2), Winifred Strange (3)

(1) Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
(2) ATR Human Information, Processing Research Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan
(3) University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Fifteen native speakers of American English ( AE ), who had no Japanese language experience, were trained to identify Japanese short vowels, long vowels and special phoneme /Q/. Stimulus materials were two- or three-mora syllables which constituted a minimal triplet, /C1V1C2V2/-/C1V1V1C2V2/-/C1V1QC2V2/. By changing the combinations of C2 and VI, two sets of training stimuli, which were different in phonemic contexts, were prepared and their effects on the training were compared. In both training groups, generalization was extensively observed in most of phonemic contexts. Acquisition processes in each training group were described by using two kinds of achievement tests. Though terminal states were very similar, acquisition processes were different between training groups. The effectiveness of various training methods and the significance of the learning paradigm in speech perception studies were discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yamada, Tsuneo / Yamada, Reiko A. / Strange, Winifred (1994): "Perceptual learning of Japanese mora syllables by native speakers of american English an analysis of acquisition processes of speech perception in second language learning", In ICSLP-1994, 2007-2010.