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      Auditory detection of non-speech and speech stimuli in noise: Native speech advantage.

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          Detection thresholds of Chinese vowels, Korean vowels, and a complex tone, with harmonic and noise carriers were measured in noise for Mandarin Chinese-native listeners. The harmonic index was calculated as the difference between detection thresholds of the stimuli with harmonic carriers and those with noise carriers. The harmonic index for Chinese vowels was significantly greater than that for Korean vowels and the complex tone. Moreover, native speech sounds were rated significantly more native-like than non-native speech and non-speech sounds. The results indicate that native speech has an advantage over other sounds in simple auditory tasks like sound detection.

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          Journal
          J Acoust Soc Am
          The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
          Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
          1520-8524
          0001-4966
          May 2016
          : 139
          : 5
          Affiliations
          [1 ] State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning & IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Beijing Normal University Beijing100875, People's Republic of China huoshuting@gmail.com, taosha@bnu.edu.cn, wangwenjing@bnu.edu.cn, limingshuang1989@163.com, dongqi@bnu.edu.cn.
          [2 ] Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station A1100, Austin, Texas 78712, USA changliu@utexas.edu.
          Article
          10.1121/1.4951705
          27250202
          31ae8235-5536-4279-b0d8-1ac8b5f1e4d5

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