Identification of English consonants in intervocalic contexts in multispeaker babble noise by Japanese listeners: Correlation between English proficiency and consonant identification ability

Hinako Masuda, Takayuki Arai, Shigeto Kawahara

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    Abstract

    A study was conducted to establish correlation between English proficiency and consonant identification ability during identification of English consonants in intervocalic contexts in multi-speaker babble noise by Japanese listeners. TOEIC scores and the number of months spent living in English-speaking countries were used to measure the Japanese participants' English proficiency. TOEIC was used to measure the Japanese participants? English proficiency, as it was widely used in Japanese universities as a means to evaluate students' English proficiency. The number of months spent in English-speaking countries was also used to investigate the correlation between English consonant identification under the assumption that listeners with a longer experience of residing in English-speaking countries were more used to and in need of perceiving English speech under a more or less adverse listening condition.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-34
    Number of pages4
    JournalAcoustical Science and Technology
    Volume36
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Keywords

    • Background noise
    • English consonants
    • L2 perception
    • Native Japanese listeners
    • Proficiency

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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