Speech Prosody 2010
Chicago, IL, USA
Native-like perception of intonational prominence is important for spoken language competency. Non-native speakers may have trouble interpreting prosodic variation in a second language like English, where intonational variation can critically influence utterance semantics. By identifying types of prosody non-native learners find difficult to perceive, we can improve our ability to teach L2 speakers a language. In this paper we present results of a perception study in which Mandarin speakers with knowledge of English were tested on their ability to identify prosodic prominence in English in a variety of contexts. Through this analysis we identify particular contexts which make it difficult forMandarin speakers to recognize pitch accent in English.
Index Terms: prosody, pitch accent, intonational prominence, perception, non-native speech
Bibliographic reference. Rosenberg, Andrew / Hirschberg, Julia / Manis, Kim (2010): "Perception of English prominence by native Mandarin Chinese speakers", In SP-2010, paper 982.