Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Prosodic Analysis of German Produced by Russian and Chinese Learners

Andreas Hilbert (1), Hansjörg Mixdorff (1), Hongwei Ding (2), Hartmut R. Pfitzinger (3), Oliver Jokisch (4)

(1) Department of Informatics and Media, Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany
(2) School of Foreign Languages, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
(3) Inst. of Phonetics and Digital Speech Processing, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
(4) Institute for Acoustics and Speech Communication, TU Dresden, Germany

This study compares utterances by Russian and Chinese learners of German with those of native speakers. Adopting the methodology of an earlier study on accented English, we rated the utterances for strength of foreign accent. We aim to find measurable prosodic differences accounting for the perceptual results. Our outcomes indicate, inter alia, that unaccented syllables are relatively longer compared with accented ones in the Chinese data than in the Russian and German data. Furthermore, the inter-speaker-correlations of syllabic durations in utterances of one and the same sentence are much higher for German speakers than for Russian and Chinese learners of German. Russian speakers tend to use a larger range of F0 and produce more pitch-accents than German speakers.

Index Terms: foreign accent, prosodic analysis

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Hilbert, Andreas / Mixdorff, Hansjörg / Ding, Hongwei / Pfitzinger, Hartmut R. / Jokisch, Oliver (2010): "Prosodic analysis of German produced by Russian and Chinese learners", In SP-2010, paper 984.