Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
September 17-21, 2006

Training Native English Speakers to Identify Japanese Vowel Length with Fast Rate Sentences

Yukari Hirata (1), Elizabeth Whitehurst (1), Emily Cullings (1), Jacob Whiton (1), Carol Glenn (2)

(1) Colgate University, USA; (2) Cornell University, USA

Native English speakers were trained to identify Japanese vowel length with sentences spoken at a fast rate, and their test scores before and after training were compared with those of a control group. Results indicated that the present training with little variability in speaking rate did not yield a robust perceptual improvement for the trained group. However, among the three rates tested (slow, normal, fast), the trained group showed significant improvement specifically for the slow-rate stimuli, distinct from the control groupís.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Hirata, Yukari / Whitehurst, Elizabeth / Cullings, Emily / Whiton, Jacob / Glenn, Carol (2006): "Training native English speakers to identify Japanese vowel length with fast rate sentences", In INTERSPEECH-2006, paper 1395-Tue3CaP.5.