Suprasegmental Cues to Perception of English Lexical Stress by Mandarin Speakers

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Prague 2023
EditorsRadek Skarnitzl, Jan Volín
PublisherGuarant International
Pages2627-2631
ISBN (print)978-80-908 114-2-3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023

Conference

Title20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2023)
LocationPrague Congress Center
PlaceCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period7 - 11 August 2023

Abstract

Lexical stress in English is signaled by a combination of suprasegmental cues, including pitch, duration and intensity. Previous research reported that non-native listeners might not use all cues when perceiving English stress. The current study investigated how pitch and duration cues affected stress identification in resynthesized English disyllabic nonwords by native speakers of English and Mandarin speakers who learn English as a foreign language (NE and EFL speakers). Within each stimulus, the pitch and/or duration cue suggested either a strong-weak or weak-strong stress pattern. Results showed that both listener groups were able to exploit pitch and duration cues to perceive lexical stress. NE speakers used pitch and duration cues similarly for both stress patterns. EFL speakers, however, relied more on the pitch cue than the duration cue, especially for stimuli with a strong-weak pattern. The perceptual differences were attributed to influences of EFL speakers’ first-language phonology.

Research Area(s)

  • lexical stress, speech perception, EFL, Mandarin Chinese, phonetic cue

Citation Format(s)

Suprasegmental Cues to Perception of English Lexical Stress by Mandarin Speakers. / He, Mosi; Zhang, Ting; Li, Bin.
Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Prague 2023. ed. / Radek Skarnitzl; Jan Volín. Guarant International, 2023. p. 2627-2631 706.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review