The perception of non-native lexical pitch accent by speakers of 'accentless' Japanese dialects

Akira Utsugi, Masatoshi Koizumi, Reiko Mazuka

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    Abstract

    While Standard (Tokyo) Japanese has a lexical tonal system known as a system of 'lexical pitch accent', there are some varieties of Japanese, called 'accentless' dialects, which do not have any lexical tonal phenomena. We investigated how the speakers of those dialects perceive Standard Japanese accent, which is nonexistent in their native dialect's phonology. The results of the Sequence Recall task showed that their scores were lower than those of control (Standard Japanese) participants. We also found a large variance in the results of 'accentless' participants, which was probably caused by their exposure to Standard Japanese.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication5th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2010
    PublisherInternational Speech Communications Association
    ISBN (Electronic)9780000000002
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event5th International Conference on Speech Prosody: Every Language, Every Style, SP 2010 - Chicago, United States
    Duration: 2010 May 102010 May 14

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody
    ISSN (Print)2333-2042

    Conference

    Conference5th International Conference on Speech Prosody: Every Language, Every Style, SP 2010
    CountryUnited States
    CityChicago
    Period10/5/1010/5/14

    Keywords

    • Non-native speech perception
    • Pitch accent 'deafness'
    • Sequence recall task

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language

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