Disentangling gestural and auditory contrast accounts of compensation for coarticulation

Navin Viswanathan, James S. Magnuson, Carol A. Fowler

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Abstract

Compensation for coarticulation (CfC), a context effect in which the articulatory characteristics of one segment influence the perception of a neighboring segment [1], has been a matter of considerable debate between proponents of gestural [2] and auditory theories of speech perception [3]. We set out to distinguish the two accounts by using non-native liquids (Tamil with American English listeners) that have distinct articulatory and acoustic characteristics from the native phoneme categories to which they are assimilated. We report three experiments that show that the auditory contrast account of CfC cannot explain compensatory effects with our non-native stimuli. We argue that these context effects reflect perceptual compensation for coarticulation, as predicted on a gestural account, but discuss problems for both theories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationINTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Pages861-864
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781604234497
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
EventINTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Sep 17 2006Sep 21 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
Volume2
ISSN (Electronic)1990-9772

Conference

ConferenceINTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA
Period9/17/069/21/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)

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    Viswanathan, N., Magnuson, J. S., & Fowler, C. A. (2006). Disentangling gestural and auditory contrast accounts of compensation for coarticulation. In INTERSPEECH 2006 and 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006 - ICSLP (pp. 861-864). (Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH; Vol. 2). International Speech Communication Association.