We report an investigation of the perception of American
English phonemes by Dutch listeners proficient in English.
Listeners identified either the consonant or the vowel in most
possible English CV and VC syllables. The syllables were
embedded in multispeaker babble at three signal-to-noise
ratios (16 dB, 8 dB, and 0 dB). Effects of signal-to-noise ratio
on vowel and consonant identification are discussed as a
function of syllable position and of relationship to the native
phoneme inventory. Comparison of the results with previously
reported data from native listeners reveals that noise affected
the responding of native and non-native listeners similarly.