Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Context Speech Rate and Duration as Cues to Native and Non-Native Perception of Casually-Spoken Words in Russian

Elina Banzina (1), Laura C. Dilley (2)

(1) Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA
(2) Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

How word duration and context speech rate affect lexical perception is unclear. We investigated the influence of these attributes on perception of casually-spoken Russian sentences. In Experiment 1, native Russian speakers performed a transcription task on sentences containing rate manipulations. Experiment 2 was a forced choice task using the same materials involving native Russian speakers and native English speakers with high or low proficiency in Russian. In both experiments, word duration and context speech rate influenced Russian lexical perception in all groups. The results suggest that relative timing cues are critical to accurate lexical perception in casual speech.

Index Terms: L2 speech perception, duration, speech rate, tempo, casual speech, spoken word recognition.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Banzina, Elina / Dilley, Laura C. (2010): "Context speech rate and duration as cues to native and non-native perception of casually-spoken words in Russian", In SP-2010, paper 187.