Did you say susi or shushi? Measuring the emergence of robust fricative contrasts in English- and Japanese-acquiring children

Jeffrey J. Holliday, Mary E. Beckman, Chanelle Mays

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Abstract

While the English fricatives /s/ and /f/ can be well-differentiated by the centroid frequency of the frication noise alone, the Japanese fricatives /s/ and /c/ cannot be. Measures of perceived spectral peak frequency and shape developed for stop bursts were adapted to describe sibilant fricative contrasts in English- and Japanese-speaking adults and children. These measures captured both the cross-language differences and more subtle inter-individual differences related to language-specific marking of gender. They could also be used in deriving a measure of robustness of contrast that captured cross-language differences in fricative development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2010
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Pages1886-1889
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2010

Keywords

  • Acquisition
  • English
  • Gender marking
  • Japanese
  • Sibilant fricatives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Signal Processing
  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation

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