Crosslinguistic comparison on the perception of Mandarin attitudinal speech

Wentao Gu, Ping Tang, Keikichi Hirose, Véronique Aubergé

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Abstract

This work investigated crosslinguistic perception of Mandarin utterances conveying six classes of attitudes, i.e., dominant/ submissive, friendly/hostile, polite/rude, serious/joking, praising/blaming, and sincere/insincere. Five groups of subjects were tested: native Mandarin speakers, Japanese L2 learners of Mandarin, French L2 learners of Mandarin, naïve Japanese without Mandarin ability, and naïve French without Mandarin ability. A set of Mandarin attitudinal utterances elicited in role-play dialogues were used as stimuli. Perceptual experiments showed that native subjects performed the best in identifying attitudes, and L2 learners judged better than naïve foreigners. A complex interaction was found between attitude and the listener's L1/L2 experience which was also closely related to culture. Also, the correlations between perceptual patterns and prosodic features were examined, and the results suggested that the prosodic cues for certain attitudes might be dependent on the listener's language/culture background.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationINTERSPEECH 2015: 16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association
Subtitle of host publicationspeech beyond speech towards a better understanding of the most important biosignal
Place of PublicationBaixas, France
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Pages1334-1338
Number of pages5
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9781510817906
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (16th : 2015) - Dresden, Germany
Duration: 6 Sep 201510 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameINTERSPEECH
ISSN (Print)2308-457X

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (16th : 2015)
Abbreviated titleINTERSPEECH 2015
CountryGermany
CityDresden
Period6/09/1510/09/15

Keywords

  • attitude
  • crosslinguistic perception
  • French
  • Japanese
  • L2 learner
  • Mandarin

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