Suprasegmental and prosodic features contributing to perceived accent in heritage Cantonese

Rachel Kan


Different suprasegmental and prosodic features impact the perceived native-likeness of speakers, although the exploration of these features have typically focused on second language English. This paper presents a preliminary study investigating the contribution of tonal space, speech rate, and pause behaviour to the perceived accent of three groups of Cantonese speakers: heritage speakers with high and low native-likeness ratings respectively, and homeland (majority language) speakers. The results were largely as predicted, showing lower ratings to be associated with smaller tonal space, slower speech rate, and more frequent and longer pauses. Formulae for normalising fundamental frequency (F0) were adjusted and applied to the present data; these changes are also presented and their effectiveness is discussed.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-21

Cite as: Kan, R. (2020) Suprasegmental and prosodic features contributing to perceived accent in heritage Cantonese. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 101-105, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-21.


@inproceedings{Kan2020,
  author={Rachel Kan},
  title={{Suprasegmental and prosodic features contributing to perceived accent in heritage Cantonese}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={101--105},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-21},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-21}
}