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The role of speech rhythm in attending to one of two simultaneous speakers


Cushing, Ian R; Dellwo, Volker (2010). The role of speech rhythm in attending to one of two simultaneous speakers. In: Speech Prosody 2010, Chicago/USA, 11 May 2010 - 14 May 2010.

Abstract

Listeners posses a remarkable ability to attend to one of two speakers speaking at the same time (simultaneous speakers). The present research studied the role of speech rhythm involved in this process. In two experiments with the Coordinate Measure Response Corpus, listeners were asked to attend to one of two simultaneous speakers. In Experiment I native and French accented speakers of English were paired and in Experiment II resynthesized speakers with assumed durational syllable characteristics of native English and nonnative English (spoken be French) were paired. English and French native listeners took part in the experiments. Results from both experiments revealed that both English and French listener groups were better at attending to native English speakers (Experiment I) or to speakers who had English durational syllable characteristics (Experiment II). We argued that rhythmic durational differences between the speakers can enhance speaker segregation ability of listeners.

Abstract

Listeners posses a remarkable ability to attend to one of two speakers speaking at the same time (simultaneous speakers). The present research studied the role of speech rhythm involved in this process. In two experiments with the Coordinate Measure Response Corpus, listeners were asked to attend to one of two simultaneous speakers. In Experiment I native and French accented speakers of English were paired and in Experiment II resynthesized speakers with assumed durational syllable characteristics of native English and nonnative English (spoken be French) were paired. English and French native listeners took part in the experiments. Results from both experiments revealed that both English and French listener groups were better at attending to native English speakers (Experiment I) or to speakers who had English durational syllable characteristics (Experiment II). We argued that rhythmic durational differences between the speakers can enhance speaker segregation ability of listeners.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Event End Date:14 May 2010
Deposited On:05 Aug 2015 08:30
Last Modified:05 May 2017 15:15
Publisher:s.n.
Funders:UCL Graduate School
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://speechprosody2010.illinois.edu/papers/100039.pdf
Related URLs:http://speechprosody2010.illinois.edu/ (Organisation)

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