Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Comparing Perceptual Local Speech Rate of German and Japanese Speech

Hartmut R. Pfitzinger, Miyuki Tamashima

Institute of Phonetics and Speech Communication, University of Munich, Germany

The effect of language background on the perceptual local speech rate (PLSR) is investigated. 160 short German and Japanese speech stimuli are judged by 40 German and Japanese subjects. Japanese listeners overshoot the local speech rate of German speech by 7.5% on a PLSR scale, and German listeners overshoot the speech rate of Japanese speech by 9.1%.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Tamashima, Hartmut R. Pfitzinger & Miyuki (2006): "Comparing perceptual local speech rate of German and Japanese speech", In SP-2006, paper 257.