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.
|Title of host publication||5th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2010|
|Publisher||International Speech Communications Association|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||5th International Conference on Speech Prosody: Every Language, Every Style, SP 2010 - Chicago, United States|
Duration: 2010 May 10 → 2010 May 14
|Name||Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody|
|Conference||5th International Conference on Speech Prosody: Every Language, Every Style, SP 2010|
|Period||10/5/10 → 10/5/14|
- Non-native speech perception
- Pitch accent 'deafness'
- Sequence recall task