The interplay between psychoacoustic perception and L1-specific perception in evaluating the distinctiveness of sound pairs

Mingxing Li*, Jie Zhang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A listener's judgement on the perceptual distance between two sounds usually draws on their psychoacoustic difference, but can also be subject to L1-specific perception. This study investigates the interplay between these two aspects when evaluating the perceptual distance of sound pairs. Mandarin and English listeners rated the perceptual distance of consonant-vowel pairs corresponding to sequences legal or illegal in their L1s. The results suggested that a similarity rating task can provide a finer assessment of distinctiveness between sound pairs as compared to a discrimination task. The results also showed how psychoacoustic perception may interact with L1-specific perception in this process.
Original languageEnglish
Article number045201
Number of pages7
JournalJASA Express Letters
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Music
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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