Perception of synthetic vowels by monolingual Canadian-English, Mexican-Spanish, and Peninsular-Spanish listeners
Keywords:Formant values, Modal response, Spectral changes
AbstractMonolingual-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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