Previous research has shown that learners of English-as-a-second-language (ESL) have difficulties in understanding connected speech spoken by native English speakers. Extending from past research limited to quiet listening condition, this study examined the perception of English connected speech presented under five adverse conditions, namely multi-talker babble noise, speech-shaped noise, factory noise, whispering and sad emotional tones. We tested a total of 64 Chinese ESL undergraduate students, using a battery of listening tasks. Results confirmed that the recognition of English native speech was more challenging for Chinese ESL learners under unfavorable listening conditions, in comparison to a noise-free listening condition. These findings carry significant implications for the importance of training and assessments on connected speech perception across various listening environments. Copyright © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
CitationWong, S. W. L., Tsui, J. K. Y., Chow, B. W.-Y., Leung, V. W. H., Mok, P., & Chung, K. K.-H. (2017). Perception of native English reduced forms in adverse environments by Chinese undergraduate students. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 46(5), 1149-1165.
- Reduced forms dictation
- Speech-in-noise perception
- Connected speech
- Chinese learners of English-as-second-language
- Noise masking