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ERIC Number: EJ792585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Phonotactic Probability Influences Speech Production
Goldrick, Matthew; Larson, Meredith
Cognition, v107 n3 p1155-1164 Jun 2008
Speakers are faster and more accurate at processing certain sound sequences within their language. Does this reflect the fact that these sequences are frequent or that they are phonetically less complex (e.g., easier to articulate)? It has been difficult to contrast these two factors given their high correlation in natural languages. In this study, participants were exposed to novel phonotactic constraints de-correlating complexity and frequency by subjecting the same phonological structure to varying degrees of probabilistic constraint. Participants' behavior was sensitive to variations in frequency, demonstrating that phonotactic probability influences speech production independent of phonetic complexity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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