Journal of Phonetics volume 36, issue 4, P664-679 2008 DOI: 10.1016/j.wocn.2008.04.002 View full text
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Rachel Hayes-Harb, Bruce L. Smith, Tessa Bent, Ann R. Bradlow

Abstract: AbstractThis study investigated the intelligibility of native and Mandarin-accented English speech for native English and native Mandarin listeners. The word-final voicing contrast was considered (as in minimal pairs such as `cub' and `cup') in a forced-choice word identification task. For these particular talkers and listeners, there was evidence of an interlanguage speech intelligibility benefit for listeners (i.e., native Mandarin listeners were more accurate than native English listeners at identifying Ma…

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