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17 February 2012, Seminar on music cognition and computation, Makiko Sadakata

Speaker: Makiko Sadakata
Title: Enhanced perception of various linguistic features by musicians: a cross-linguistic study.
Date: Friday 17 February 2012
Time: 14:00
Location: Room C3.108, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

Two cross-linguistic experiments comparing musicians and non-musicians were performed in order to examine whether musicians have enhanced perception of specific acoustical features of speech in a second language (L2). These discrimination and identification experiments examined the perception of various speech features; namely, the timing and quality of Japanese consonants, and the quality of Dutch vowels. We found that musical experience was more strongly associated with discrimination performance rather than identification performance. The enhanced perception was observed not only with respect to L2, but also L1. It was most pronounced when tested with Japanese consonant timing.

These findings suggest the following: 1) musicians exhibit enhanced early acoustical analysis of speech, 2) musical training does not equally enhance the perception of all acoustic features automatically, and 3) musicians may enjoy an advantage in the perception of acoustical features that are important in both language and music, such as pitch and timing.

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