This study examined the perception of short and long vowels in Arabic and Japanese by native Japanese (NJ) and nonnative learners of Japanese (NNJ). Ten Japanese vowels (5 short, 5 long) were given as response categories. As expected, the NJ listeners categorized the Japanese vowels more accurately than did the NNJ listeners (91 vs. 83%). Further, the NJ listeners tended to identify Japanese long vowels correctly more often than short vowels (93 vs. 88%), but the NNJ listeners did not show this pattern (82 vs. 84%). Both NJ and NNJ listeners assimilated short Arabic vowels to a wide range of Japanese vowels.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology|
|Editors||Marija Tabain, Janet Fletcher, David Grayden, John Hajek, Andy Butcher|
|Place of Publication||Canberra|
|Publisher||Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (13th : 2010) - Melbourne|
Duration: 14 Dec 2010 → 16 Dec 2010
|Conference||Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (13th : 2010)|
|Period||14/12/10 → 16/12/10|
- cross-language speech perception
- vowel length
Tsukada, K. (2010). Vowel length categorization in Arabic and Japanese: comparison of native Japanese and non-native learners' perception. In M. Tabain, J. Fletcher, D. Grayden, J. Hajek, & A. Butcher (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 126-129). Canberra: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA).