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ERIC Number: EJ1040570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Increase in Speech Recognition Due to Linguistic Mismatch between Target and Masker Speech: Monolingual and Simultaneous Bilingual Performance
Calandruccio, Lauren; Zhou, Haibo
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v57 n3 p1089-1097 Jun 2014
Purpose: To examine whether improved speech recognition during linguistically mismatched target-masker experiments is due to linguistic unfamiliarity of the masker speech or linguistic dissimilarity between the target and masker speech. Method: Monolingual English speakers (n = 20) and English-Greek simultaneous bilinguals (n = 20) listened to English sentences in the presence of competing English and Greek speech. Data were analyzed using mixed-effects regression models to determine differences in English recogition performance between the 2 groups and 2 masker conditions. Results: Results indicated that English sentence recognition for monolinguals and simultaneous English-Greek bilinguals improved when the masker speech changed from competing English to competing Greek speech. Conclusion: The improvement in speech recognition that has been observed for linguistically mismatched target-masker experiments cannot be simply explained by the masker language being linguistically unknown or unfamiliar to the listeners. Listeners can improve their speech recognition in linguistically mismatched target-masker experiments even when the listener is able to obtain meaningful linguistic information from the masker speech.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: R01ES021900|UL1RR025747|P01CA142538