The current study reports the enhancing effect of a high variability training procedure in the learning of a Japanese geminate-singleton fricative contrast. Dutch natives took part in a five-day training procedure in which they identified geminate and singleton variants of the Japanese fricative /s/. They heard either many repetitions of a limited set of words recorded by a single speaker (simple training) or fewer repetitions of a more variable set of words recorded by multiple speakers (variable training). Pre-post identification evaluations and a transfer test indicated clear benefits of the variable training.
Bibliographic reference. Sadakata, Makiko / McQueen, James M. (2011): "The role of variability in non-native perceptual learning of a Japanese geminate-singleton fricative contrast", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 873-876.