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ERIC Number: EJ796541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0749-596X
How We Hear What Is Hardly There: Mechanisms Underlying Compensation for /t/-Reduction in Speech Comprehension
Mitterer, Holger; Yoneyama, Kiyoko; Ernestus, Mirjam
Journal of Memory and Language, v59 n1 p133-152 Jul 2008
In four experiments, we investigated how listeners compensate for reduced /t/ in Dutch. Mitterer and Ernestus [Mitterer, H., & Ernestus, M. (2006). "Listeners recover /t/s that speakers lenite: evidence from /t/-lenition in Dutch." "Journal of Phonetics," 34, 73-103] showed that listeners are biased to perceive a /t/ more easily after /s/ than after /n/, compensating for the tendency of speakers to reduce word-final /t/ after /s/ in spontaneous conversations. We tested the robustness of this phonological context effect in perception with three very different experimental tasks: an identification task, a discrimination task with native listeners and with non-native listeners who do not have any experience with /t/-reduction, and a passive listening task (using electrophysiological dependent measures). The context effect was generally robust against these experimental manipulations, although we also observed some deviations from the overall pattern. Our combined results show that the context effect in compensation for reduced /t/ results from a complex process involving auditory constraints, phonological learning, and lexical constraints. (Contains 7 figures and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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