4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Examination of a Perceptual Non-native Speech Contrast: Pharyngealized/Non-pharyngealized Discrimination by French-speaking Adults

Mohamed Zahid

Institui de phonetique, Sorbonne Nouvelle. CNRS, Paris, France

This study investigates the discrimination of a synthesized non-pharyngealized/pharyngealized place-of-articulation contrast in Arabic [si]-[si], presented to Arabic-speaking subjects and French-speaking subjects. An identification task showed group differences in the location of die category boundary, reflecting language-specific experience. An AX discrimination task revealed cross-language differences in the phonemic status of the contrast and that levels of discrimination performance were strongly associated with their assimilation patterns.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zahid, Mohamed (1996): "Examination of a perceptual non-native speech contrast: pharyngealized/non-pharyngealized discrimination by French-speaking adults", In ICSLP-1996, 2466-2469.