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The effect of correcting temporal patterns on the intelligibility of non-native Dutch speech

By L.E. van Delft

Abstract

This study examines the contribution of the temporal pattern of speech to the intelligibility of foreign accented utterances. Simple Dutch sentences, spoken by a Polish speaker of Dutch as a second language (D2), were artificially modified so as to match the temporal pattern of the same sentences of a native Dutch speaker (D1), and vice versa. Intelligibility was measured by a perceptual experiment according to the Speech Reception Threshold method (SRT, Plomp and Mimpen, 1979), in which native Dutch listeners repeated D1 and D2 sentences with an original and a modified temporal pattern. Results suggested that contrasts in intelligibility of native and non-native speech are partially explained by the temporal pattern. Additionally, the effect size of correcting temporal patterns of non-native speech presumably is related to other characteristics of speech, such as segmental errors

Topics: Letteren, Intelligibility, non-native speech, temporal pattern, Speech Reception Threshold
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.library.uu.nl:1874/35689
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