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The paper studies the impact of intrinsic vowel duration on category perception in boundary conditions by examining the short vs. long category boundary perception in Estonian. Since the intrinsic duration of a close vowel /i/ is about 10-15 ms shorter than that of an open vowel /a/, we hypothesize that the short vs. long category boundary in /i/ occurs at(More)
A new database project has been launched in Estonia last year. It aims the collection of telephone speech from a large number of speakers for speech and speaker recognition purposes. Up to 2000 speakers are expected to participate in recordings. SpeechDat databases, especially Finnish SpeechDat, have been chosen as a prototype for the Estonian database. It(More)
The paper studies the production and perception of Estonian quantity oppositions by native Estonians (L1 subjects) and non-native speakers with Russian-language background (L2 subjects). Estonian quantity system involves three contrastive prosodic patterns referred to as short (Q1), long (Q2) and overlong (Q3) quantity degrees. These phonological contrasts(More)
The aim of the paper is to report on the perception of Estonian vowel categories by L2 learners of Estonian whose L1 is Russian. The Estonian vowel system includes nine vowels whereas Russian has six. Five of the Estonian vowels have counterparts in Russian: /i/, /e/, /u/, /o/ and /a/, the new vowel categories for L2 speakers are /ü/, /ö/, /ä/, and partly(More)