Perception of synthetic vowels by monolingual Canadian-English, Mexican-Spanish, and Peninsular-Spanish listeners

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  • Geoffrey Stewart Morrison School of Language Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia

Keywords:

Formant values, Modal response, Spectral changes

Abstract

Monolingual-Western-Canadian-English listeners, monolingual-Mexican-Spanish listeners, and monolingual-Peninsular-Spanish listeners classified stimuli from a synthetic vowel continuum which allowed for English /?/, /I/, /?/, /E/, and Spanish /?, /??/, and /?/ responses. The continuum varied systematically in initial formant values, vowel inherent spectral change, and vowel duration. The portion of the stimulus space for which the English listeners' modal response was English /?/ was identified as Spanish /?/ by both groups of Spanish listeners. Three quarters of the portion of the stimulus space for which the English listeners' modal response was English /I/ was identified as Spanish /?/ and one-quarter as Spanish v?4105 /?/ by Mexican-Spanish listeners, but almost all of this portion of the stimulus space was identified as Spanish /?/ by Peninsular-Spanish listeners. Spanish dialect may therefore have a substantial effect on first-language-Spanish listeners' learning of the Western-Canadian-English /?/-/I/ contrast.

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Published

2008-12-01

How to Cite

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Morrison GS. Perception of synthetic vowels by monolingual Canadian-English, Mexican-Spanish, and Peninsular-Spanish listeners. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2008 Dec. 1 [cited 2021 Jul. 25];36(4):17-23. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/2100

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