Use of semantic context and F 0 contours by older listeners during Mandarin speech recognition in quiet and single-talker interference conditions

Wei Jiang, Yu Li, Hua Shu, Linjun Zhang, Yang Zhang

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Abstract

This study followed up Wang, Shu, Zhang, Liu, and Zhang [(2013). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 34(1), EL91-EL97] to investigate factors influencing older listeners' Mandarin speech recognition in quiet vs single-talker interference. Listening condition significantly interacted with F0 contours but not with semantic context, revealing that natural F0 contours provided benefit in the interference condition whereas semantic context contributed similarly to both conditions. Furthermore, the significant interaction between semantic context and F0 contours demonstrated the importance of semantic context when F0 was flattened. Together, findings from the two studies indicate that aging differentially affects tonal language speakers' dependence on F0 contours and semantic context for speech perception in suboptimal conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)EL338-EL344
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume141
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

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