Perception of suprasegmental structure in a nonnative dialect
SourceJournal of Phonetics, 27, 3, (1999), pp. 229-253
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Journal of Phonetics
Two experiments examined the perception of Tokyo Japanese pitch-accent distinctions by native speakers of accentless varieties of Japanese. In both, listeners heard Tokyo Japanese speech materials used in an earlier study with Tokyo Japanese listeners. In the first experiment, listeners judged from which of two words, differing in accentual structure, isolated syllables had been extracted; in a second experiment listeners heard word fragments and guessed what the words were. At both tasks the accentless groups were, overall, as successful or almost as successful as Tokyo Japanese speakers had been, but in both their response patterns differed in significant respects from that of the Tokyo Japanese. he results are interpreted in terms of the relationship between native and nonnative phonological systems.
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