The non-native consonant challenge for european languages

M. Luisa Garcia Lecumberri, Martin Cooke, Francesco Cutugno, Mircea Giurgiu, Bernd T. Meyer, Odette Scharenborg, Wim van Dommelen, Jan Volin
2008 Interspeech 2008   unpublished
This paper reports on a multilingual investigation into the effects of different masker types on native and non-native perception in a VCV consonant recognition task. Native listeners outperformed 7 other language groups, but all groups showed a similar ranking of maskers. Strong first language (L1) interference was observed, both from the sound system and from the L1 orthography. Universal acoustic-perceptual tendencies are also at work in both native and non-native sound identifications in
more » ... se. The effect of linguistic distance, however, was less clear: in large multilingual studies, listener variables may overpower other factors.
doi:10.21437/interspeech.2008-490 fatcat:q2hn7k7upfcmdiesihy75ehwee