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The asymmetry in Cross-linguistic phonological perception

Zhang, Jiayun (2023) The asymmetry in Cross-linguistic phonological perception. Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.


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This study looks at the research question of whether or not the phonological perception is asymmetric in a cross-linguistic context. Chinese native speakers and Dutch native speakers participated in two experiments that evaluated the patterns of perceptual identification of tone categories and trilled alveolar categories, respectively. To investigate whether or not the Chinese and the Dutch groups perceive those speech stimuli differently, we looked at the slope and the category boundaries of the logistic regression curve fitted to the experimental data. The results showed that Dutch native speakers have sharper category boundaries on trilled alveolar sounds than those of Chinese native speakers. However, there was no significant between-group difference in identifying tone categories. In conclusion, we observed the asymmetric pattern that is shaped by native language experience only in trilled alveolar sounds categorization but not in tone categories identification. The possible reason is that the Dutch participants may have been exposed to the intonation changes through their native language experience, while the Chinese native speakers have no language experience with trilled sounds at all.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Supervisor name: Tang, M. and Spenader, J.K.
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2023 10:39
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2023 10:39

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