L2 speech timing analysis based on L1 timing characteristics

Yanlong Zhang, Hiroaki Kato, Mee Sonu, Yoshinori Sagisaka

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Abstract

Aiming at a better understanding of L2 learning problems resulting from L1 and L2 timing control differences, we analyzed the differences in generation of geminate and singleton consonants which has been known to be a L2 learning problem between Japanese natives and Chinese learners. These differences were analyzed by applying tempo normalization to raw segmental duration measurements. To get a systematic understanding of L2 learners' time control characteristics, speech data of learners with different proficiency and syllable structures was employed. Analyses clearly showed that (1) timing control differences between natives and L2 learners gradually decrease as the learners language proficiency increases, (2) the differences between natives and L2 speakers show big variations depending on the syllable structure and (3) timing control differences can be understood based on timing unit differences between morae and syllables. Based on those findings, preliminary results of a novel training method that provides additional moraic context to isolated speech samples are being presented and showed the effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 Conference of the Oriental Chapter of International Committee for Coordination and Standardization of Speech Databases and Assessment Techniques, O-COCOSDA 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages227-231
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509035168
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 3
Event19th Annual Conference of the Oriental Chapter of International Committee for Coordination and Standardization of Speech Databases and Assessment Techniques, O-COCOSDA 2016 - Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 2016 Oct 262016 Oct 28

Publication series

Name2016 Conference of the Oriental Chapter of International Committee for Coordination and Standardization of Speech Databases and Assessment Techniques, O-COCOSDA 2016

Other

Other19th Annual Conference of the Oriental Chapter of International Committee for Coordination and Standardization of Speech Databases and Assessment Techniques, O-COCOSDA 2016
Country/TerritoryIndonesia
CityBali
Period16/10/2616/10/28

Keywords

  • L2 speech timing
  • mora-timing
  • second language learning
  • syllable-timing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Linguistics and Language

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