Effects of mora-timing in English rhythm control by Japanese learners

Shizuka Nakamura, Hiroaki Kato, Yoshinori Sagisaka

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Abstract

In this paper, we analyzed the durational differences between learners and native speakers in various speech units from the perspective of that the contrast between the stressed and the unstressed is one of the most important features to characterize stress-timing of English by comparison with mora-timing of Japanese. The results showed that the lengthening and shortening of learner speech were not enough to convey the difference between the stressed and the unstressed. Finally, it was confirmed that these durational differences strongly affected the subjective evaluation scores given by English language teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1539-1542
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov 26
Event10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2009 - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 2009 Sep 62009 Sep 10

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Keywords

  • English
  • Japanese
  • Mora-timing
  • Rhythm control
  • Stress-timing
  • Syllable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Signal Processing
  • Software
  • Sensory Systems

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