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Article: Proficiency in English sentence stress production by Cantonese speakers who speak English as a second language (ESL)

TitleProficiency in English sentence stress production by Cantonese speakers who speak English as a second language (ESL)
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Issue Date2011
PublisherInforma Healthcare. The Journal's web site is located at http://informahealthcare.com/loi/asl
Citation
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2011, v. 13 n. 6, p. 526-535 How to Cite?
AbstractThe present study examined English sentence stress produced by native Cantonese speakers who were speaking English as a second language (ESL). Cantonese ESL speakers' proficiency in English stress production as perceived by English-speaking listeners was also studied. Acoustical parameters associated with sentence stress including fundamental frequency (F0), vowel duration, and intensity were measured from the English sentences produced by 40 Cantonese ESL speakers. Data were compared with those obtained from 40 native speakers of American English. The speech samples were also judged by eight native listeners who were native speakers of American English for placement, degree, and naturalness of stress. Results showed that Cantonese ESL speakers were able to use F0, vowel duration, and intensity to differentiate sentence stress patterns. Yet, both female and male Cantonese ESL speakers exhibited consistently higher F0 in stressed words than English speakers. Overall, Cantonese ESL speakers were found to be proficient in using duration and intensity to signal sentence stress, in a way comparable with English speakers. In addition, F0 and intensity were found to correlate closely with perceptual judgement and the degree of stress with the naturalness of stress.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159884
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.985
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.543
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dc.contributor.authorChen, Yen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-16T05:58:48Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-16T05:58:48Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2011, v. 13 n. 6, p. 526-535en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1754-9507en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159884-
dc.description.abstractThe present study examined English sentence stress produced by native Cantonese speakers who were speaking English as a second language (ESL). Cantonese ESL speakers' proficiency in English stress production as perceived by English-speaking listeners was also studied. Acoustical parameters associated with sentence stress including fundamental frequency (F0), vowel duration, and intensity were measured from the English sentences produced by 40 Cantonese ESL speakers. Data were compared with those obtained from 40 native speakers of American English. The speech samples were also judged by eight native listeners who were native speakers of American English for placement, degree, and naturalness of stress. Results showed that Cantonese ESL speakers were able to use F0, vowel duration, and intensity to differentiate sentence stress patterns. Yet, both female and male Cantonese ESL speakers exhibited consistently higher F0 in stressed words than English speakers. Overall, Cantonese ESL speakers were found to be proficient in using duration and intensity to signal sentence stress, in a way comparable with English speakers. In addition, F0 and intensity were found to correlate closely with perceptual judgement and the degree of stress with the naturalness of stress.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherInforma Healthcare. The Journal's web site is located at http://informahealthcare.com/loi/aslen_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Speech-Language Pathologyen_HK
dc.rightsInternational Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Copyright © Informa Healthcare.-
dc.subject.meshMultilingualism-
dc.subject.meshPhonetics-
dc.subject.meshSpeech Acoustics-
dc.subject.meshSpeech Perception-
dc.subject.meshSpeech Production Measurement-
dc.titleProficiency in English sentence stress production by Cantonese speakers who speak English as a second language (ESL)en_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailNg, ML: manwa@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.3109/17549507.2011.580783en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume13en_HK
dc.identifier.issue6en_HK
dc.identifier.spage526en_HK
dc.identifier.epage535en_HK
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