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Perceptual Adjustments to Foreign Accented English

By Constance M. Clarke


Abstract. Two training tasks were evaluated for a study of perceptual learning of foreign-accented speech. The purpose of the planned perceptual learning study is to examine whether exposure to the speech of several foreign-accented voices will improve perception of a new voice with the same accent. Two important characteristics of the listeners ’ task during training with the voices are emphasis on similarities among accented voices and the availability of a method for evaluating listener performance during training. The first task examined was a similarity judgment task for pairs of voices. Multidimensional scaling was used to assess changes in perception through the course of the exposure, but this technique proved not to be sensitive enough to subtle changes in perception for these stimuli. The second task examined was the combination of a similarity judgment task and a transcription task. This dual task method was more successful in satisfying the goals for the training task and is a promising technique for use in the perceptual learning study

Year: 2013
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