Language background affects the strength of the pitch bias in a duration discrimination task

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Aalto , D , Simko , J & Vainio , M 2013 , Language background affects the strength of the pitch bias in a duration discrimination task . in F Bimbot , C Cerisara , C Fougeron , G Gravier , L Lamel , F Pellegrino & P Perrier (eds) , Proceedings of the Interspeech 2013 : 14th annual conference of the international speech communication association : 14th annual conference of the international speech communication association . ISCA , pp. 243-247 , Interspeech 2013: 14th annual conference of the international speech communication association , Lyon, France , France , 25/08/2013 .

Title: Language background affects the strength of the pitch bias in a duration discrimination task
Author: Aalto, Daniel; Simko, Juraj; Vainio, Martti
Editor: Bimbot, F; Cerisara, C; Fougeron, C; Gravier, G; Lamel, L; Pellegrino, F; Perrier, P
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
Publisher: ISCA
Date: 2013
Language: eng
Number of pages: 5
Belongs to series: Proceedings of the Interspeech 2013 : 14th annual conference of the international speech communication association 14th annual conference of the international speech communication association
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/40826
Abstract: The fundamental frequency of a complex sound modulates the perceived duration of a sound. Higher pitch sounds are perceived longer compared to lower pitch sounds as shown by several independent studies since 1973. In this paper, the effect of language background is studied: native speakers of Finnish and German participated in a two alternative forced choice duration discrimination experiment where the duration and frequency of two sounds are randomly varied. The overall duration discrimination sensitivity was similar to both groups but the speakers of Finnish were influenced more by the pitch in their judgements. In addition, the difference in the two sounds’ pitch period explained the response data better than the difference in pitch frequencies or the pitch interval. As the Finnish quantity system is known to employ both duration and pitch cues, the present results suggest that the speakers are shaped by the language environment even when the task is purely non-linguistic.
Subject: 515 Psychology
Psykofysiikka
kestodiskriminaatio
6161 Phonetics
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