The non-native consonant challenge for European languages
García Lecumberri, M. L., Cooke, M., Cutugno, F., Giurgiu, M., Meyer, B. T., Scharenborg, O., Van Dommelen, W., & Volin, J.
The non-native consonant challenge for European languages. In INTERSPEECH 2008 - 9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association
(pp. 1781-1784). ISCA Archive.
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 noise. The effect of linguistic
distance, however, was less clear: in large multilingual
studies, listener variables may overpower other factors.