Native speaker perceptions of (non-)native prominence patterns

Effects of deviance in pitch accent distributions on accentedness, comprehensibility, intelligibility, and nativeness

Lieke van Maastricht, Emiel Krahmer, Marc Swerts

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Abstract

This research investigates how deviance in focus marking by means of pitch accent distributions by native and non-native speakers affects native speaker perceptions. It shows that non-native speech is rated as less nativelike, more foreign accented and more difficult to understand than native speech, with speakers’ proficiency as a modulating factor. Even when controlling for segmental deviance, native listeners could distinguish between two utterances that only differed in whether their focus distribution matched their original elicitation context or not, and found the matched utterance more nativelike than the mismatched utterance, based solely on prosodic cues. However, a reaction times experiment reveals that this preference did not influence the processing time of native Dutch utterances with or without prosodic deviance by native listeners. There was a significant difference between reaction times for non-native and native stimuli, but this is most likely due to the slower speech rate of non-native speech.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-33
Number of pages13
JournalSpeech Communication
Volume83
Early online date1 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Fingerprint

Deviance
deviant behavior
Reaction Time
listener
Elicitation
stimulus
Likely
Speech
Pitch Accent
Native Speaker
Intelligibility
Comprehensibility
Utterance
experiment
Processing
Experiment
time
Experiments
Listeners

Cite this

@article{965ae89ba1944517a41c260187aa2e83,
title = "Native speaker perceptions of (non-)native prominence patterns: Effects of deviance in pitch accent distributions on accentedness, comprehensibility, intelligibility, and nativeness",
abstract = "This research investigates how deviance in focus marking by means of pitch accent distributions by native and non-native speakers affects native speaker perceptions. It shows that non-native speech is rated as less nativelike, more foreign accented and more difficult to understand than native speech, with speakers’ proficiency as a modulating factor. Even when controlling for segmental deviance, native listeners could distinguish between two utterances that only differed in whether their focus distribution matched their original elicitation context or not, and found the matched utterance more nativelike than the mismatched utterance, based solely on prosodic cues. However, a reaction times experiment reveals that this preference did not influence the processing time of native Dutch utterances with or without prosodic deviance by native listeners. There was a significant difference between reaction times for non-native and native stimuli, but this is most likely due to the slower speech rate of non-native speech.",
author = "{van Maastricht}, Lieke and Emiel Krahmer and Marc Swerts",
year = "2016",
month = "10",
doi = "10.1016/j.specom.2016.07.008",
language = "English",
volume = "83",
pages = "21--33",
journal = "Speech Communication",
issn = "0167-6393",
publisher = "Elsevier Science BV",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Native speaker perceptions of (non-)native prominence patterns

T2 - Effects of deviance in pitch accent distributions on accentedness, comprehensibility, intelligibility, and nativeness

AU - van Maastricht, Lieke

AU - Krahmer, Emiel

AU - Swerts, Marc

PY - 2016/10

Y1 - 2016/10

N2 - This research investigates how deviance in focus marking by means of pitch accent distributions by native and non-native speakers affects native speaker perceptions. It shows that non-native speech is rated as less nativelike, more foreign accented and more difficult to understand than native speech, with speakers’ proficiency as a modulating factor. Even when controlling for segmental deviance, native listeners could distinguish between two utterances that only differed in whether their focus distribution matched their original elicitation context or not, and found the matched utterance more nativelike than the mismatched utterance, based solely on prosodic cues. However, a reaction times experiment reveals that this preference did not influence the processing time of native Dutch utterances with or without prosodic deviance by native listeners. There was a significant difference between reaction times for non-native and native stimuli, but this is most likely due to the slower speech rate of non-native speech.

AB - This research investigates how deviance in focus marking by means of pitch accent distributions by native and non-native speakers affects native speaker perceptions. It shows that non-native speech is rated as less nativelike, more foreign accented and more difficult to understand than native speech, with speakers’ proficiency as a modulating factor. Even when controlling for segmental deviance, native listeners could distinguish between two utterances that only differed in whether their focus distribution matched their original elicitation context or not, and found the matched utterance more nativelike than the mismatched utterance, based solely on prosodic cues. However, a reaction times experiment reveals that this preference did not influence the processing time of native Dutch utterances with or without prosodic deviance by native listeners. There was a significant difference between reaction times for non-native and native stimuli, but this is most likely due to the slower speech rate of non-native speech.

U2 - 10.1016/j.specom.2016.07.008

DO - 10.1016/j.specom.2016.07.008

M3 - Article

VL - 83

SP - 21

EP - 33

JO - Speech Communication

JF - Speech Communication

SN - 0167-6393

ER -