Native and Non-native English Speakers’ Assessment of Nuclear Stress Produced by Chinese Learners of English

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

View graph of relations

Author(s)

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Sound Approach to Language Matters
Subtitle of host publicationIn Honor of Ocke-Schwen Bohn
EditorsAnne Mette Nyvad, Michaela Hejná, Anders Højen, Anna Bothe Jespersen, Mette Hjortshøj Sørensen
Place of PublicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus University
Pages187-209
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7507-440-2
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2019

Publication series

NameAnthologies
PublisherAarhus University

Conference

TitleSymposium on Speech and Language on the occasion of Ocke-Schwen Bohn’s 65th birthday
LocationAarhus University
PlaceDenmark
CityAarhus
Period14 May 2018

Abstract

This study compared naïve native and non-native English speakers’ assessment of nuclear stress produced by Chinese learners of English and explored the effects of prosodic cues on their assessment. Adopting rapid prosody transcription (RPT), naïve raters comprising 36 highly proficient non-native English speakers and 30 native English speakers rated 176 sentence recordings produced by six Chinese learners of English. Results revealed that the native and non-native raters made generally comparable judgements and their ratings were reliable compared with expert rating. However, ratings by the two groups differed significantly on 20 sentences. Acoustic analysis showed that while native speakers relied on duration when identifying nuclear stress in learners’ English, non-native speakers relied on both duration and intensity.

Bibliographic Note

Research Unit(s) information for this publication is provided by the author(s) concerned.

Citation Format(s)

Native and Non-native English Speakers’ Assessment of Nuclear Stress Produced by Chinese Learners of English. / Hua, Congchao; Li, Bin; Wayland, Ratree.

A Sound Approach to Language Matters: In Honor of Ocke-Schwen Bohn. ed. / Anne Mette Nyvad; Michaela Hejná; Anders Højen; Anna Bothe Jespersen; Mette Hjortshøj Sørensen . Aarhus : Aarhus University, 2019. p. 187-209 (Anthologies).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review