The Role of Nuclear Stress in Intelligibility: The Case of Cantonese Speakers of English

S. K. N. Leung, Janice W S Wong

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Abstract

The current study investigates the effects of nuclear stress on intelligibility for listeners who are Cantonese speakers of English. Three groups of participants listened to different versions of the same speech: group A listened to the lecture with accentuation on new information; group B listened to the lecture with accentuation on given information; group C listened to the lecture with no accentuation. Results found that group A recognized and identified significantly more new information than group B and group C, suggesting the importance of nuclear stress production and placement to the communication between Cantonese speakers of English.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST 2016)
Place of PublicationParramatta, Sydney
PublisherThe Australasian Speech Science & Technology Association
Pages329-332
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
EventThe 16 th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST 2016) - Parramatta, Sydney
Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
PublisherThe Australasian Speech Science & Technology Association
ISSN (Print)2207-1296

Conference

ConferenceThe 16 th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST 2016)
Period6/12/169/12/16

User-Defined Keywords

  • nuclear stress
  • intelligibility
  • Cantonese speakers of English

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