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ERIC Number: EJ778672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Influence of Consonantal Context on the Pronunciation of Vowels: A Comparison of Human Readers and Computational Models
Treiman, Rebecca; Kessler, Brett; Bick, Suzanne
Cognition, v88 n1 p49-78 May 2003
In two experiments, we found that college students' pronunciations of vowels in nonwords are influenced both by preceding and following consonants. The predominance of rimes in previous studies of reading does not appear to arise because readers are unable to pick up associations that cross the onset-rime boundary, but rather because English has relatively few such associations. Comparisons between people's vowel pronunciations and those produced by various computational models of reading showed that no model provided a good account of human performance on nonwords for which the vowel shows contextual conditioning. Possible directions for improved models are suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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