Discriminating between mothers’ infant- and adult-directed speech: Cross-linguistic generalizability from Japanese to Italian and German
Bornstein, Marc H.
Date of Issue2017
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
The aim of the present work was a cross-linguistic generalization of Inoue et al.’s (2011) algorithm for discriminating infant- (IDS) vs. adult-directed speech (ADS). IDS is the way in which mothers communicate with infants; it is a universal communicative property, with some cross-linguistic differences. Inoue et al. (2011) implemented a machine algorithm that, by using a mel-frequency cepstral coefficient and a hidden Markov model, discriminated IDS from ADS in Japanese. We applied the original algorithm to two other languages that are very different from Japanese – Italian and German – and then tested the algorithm on Italian and German databases of IDS and ADS. Our results showed that: First, in accord with the extant literature, IDS is realized in a similar way across languages; second, the algorithm performed well in both languages and close to that reported for Japanese. The implications for the algorithm are discussed.
© 2017 Elsevier and Japan Neuroscience Society. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Neuroscience Research, Elsevier. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neures.2017.10.008].