Cross-language perception of Japanese singleton and geminate consonants: preliminary data from non-native learners of Japanese and native speakers of Italian and Australian English

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We examined the perception of Japanese consonant length contrasts (singleton vs geminate) in four groups of listeners: Two groups of non-native learners of Japanese, three each at highly-advanced (NNJ1) and upper-intermediate (NNJ2) levels, native speakers of Italian (IT) (n=10) and Australian English (OZ) (n=8) with no knowledge of Japanese. Because Italian, like Japanese, uses consonant length contrastively but Australian English does not, we were interested in whether first language (L1) knowledge of consonant length might have an effect on the ability to perceive short and long Japanese consonants. The NNJ1 learners were more accurate in identifying Japanese singleton and geminate consonants than were the IT listeners who, in turn, were more accurate than the OZ listeners. The NNJ2 learners' results showed similarities and differences to the IT and OZ listeners. Our preliminary results suggest that L1 experience with consonant length may not necessarily guarantee accurate perception of consonant length in an unknown language. However, it may offer some advantage over lack of exposure to consonant length. In addition, the results for learner proficiency demonstrate that non-native learners need much time/practice before they clearly differentiate themselves from naive listeners, reconfirming previous research that consonant length contrasts are difficult to acquire.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association
Place of PublicationBaixas, France
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Pages1288-1292
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (15th : 2014) - , Singapore
Duration: 14 Sep 201418 Sep 2014

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ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (15th : 2014)
CountrySingapore
Period14/09/1418/09/14

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Australian English
Geminate Consonants
Native Speaker
Consonant
Cross-language
Language Perception
Language
Perception
Differentiate
Length
Listeners
Unknown
Demonstrate
Knowledge
Similarity
Experience
Intermediate
Geminate
Proficiency

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Tsukada, K., Cox, F., & Hajek, J. (2014). Cross-language perception of Japanese singleton and geminate consonants: preliminary data from non-native learners of Japanese and native speakers of Italian and Australian English. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (pp. 1288-1292). Baixas, France: International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
Tsukada, Kimiko ; Cox, Felicity ; Hajek, John. / Cross-language perception of Japanese singleton and geminate consonants : preliminary data from non-native learners of Japanese and native speakers of Italian and Australian English. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. Baixas, France : International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), 2014. pp. 1288-1292 (Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH).
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Tsukada, K, Cox, F & Hajek, J 2014, Cross-language perception of Japanese singleton and geminate consonants: preliminary data from non-native learners of Japanese and native speakers of Italian and Australian English. in Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), Baixas, France, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, pp. 1288-1292, Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (15th : 2014), Singapore, 14/09/14.

Cross-language perception of Japanese singleton and geminate consonants : preliminary data from non-native learners of Japanese and native speakers of Italian and Australian English. / Tsukada, Kimiko; Cox, Felicity; Hajek, John.

Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. Baixas, France : International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), 2014. p. 1288-1292.

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Tsukada K, Cox F, Hajek J. Cross-language perception of Japanese singleton and geminate consonants: preliminary data from non-native learners of Japanese and native speakers of Italian and Australian English. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association. Baixas, France: International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). 2014. p. 1288-1292. (Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH).