Journal article

The Adaptation to Mandarin-Accented English by Older, Hearing-Impaired Listeners Following Brief Exposure to the Accent

Jutta A Hau, Colleen M Holt, Sue Finch, Richard C Dowell

JOURNAL OF SPEECH LANGUAGE AND HEARING RESEARCH | AMER SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOC | Published : 2020

Abstract

Purpose The language processing of Mandarin-accented English (MAE) by older hearing-impaired (OHI), older normally hearing (NH), and younger NH listeners was explored. We examined whether OHI adults have more difficulty than NH listeners in recognizing and adapting to MAE speech productions after receiving brief training with the accent. Method Talker-independent adaptation was evaluated in an exposure training study design. Listeners were trained either by four MAE talkers or four Australian English talkers (control group) before listening to sentences presented by a novel MAE talker. Speech recognition for both the training sentences and the experimental sentences were compared between lis..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was made possible through an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship awarded to the first author. We are deeply grateful to the research participants, both talkers and listeners, who gave so generously of their time to assist with this research.