Bilingual speaker identification: Chinese and English
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AbstractVery few studies have examined voice memory and speaker identification in bilingual contexts. This study investigates how well bilingual listeners can identify bilingual voices in different language conditions. 89 Cantonese-English and 89 Mandarin- English listeners participated in voice line-ups with Cantonese-English voices in the same-language and cross-language conditions. Results show that the overall identification accuracy is low. Cantonese-English listeners perform significantly better in the same-language than cross-language conditions, similar to previous findings based on monolingual subjects. However, there is no language effect for the Mandarin-English listeners, possibly due to their unfamiliarity with the languages concerned. Confidence ratings show that all listeners are more confident in the same-language condition with their most familiar language, although the relationship between confidence and accuracy is not reliable. The results suggest that some indexical information about speaker identity is language-dependent. Different articulatory settings may explain the better performance of Cantonese-English listeners in the same-language conditions.
All Author(s) ListMok P.P. K., Xu R.B., Zuo D.
Journal nameInternational Journal of Speech Language and the Law
Year2015
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Volume Number22
Issue Number1
PublisherUniversity of Birmingham
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Pages57 - 77
ISSN1748-8885
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsBilingual, Cantonese, English, Speaker identification, Voice memory

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