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Temporal distribution of information for human consonant recognition in VCV utterances

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Smits,  Roel
Language Comprehension Group, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Smits, R. (2000). Temporal distribution of information for human consonant recognition in VCV utterances. Journal of Phonetics, 28, 111-135. doi:10.006/jpho.2000.0107.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000E-E417-9
Abstract
The temporal distribution of perceptually relevant information for consonant recognition in British English VCVs is investigated. The information distribution in the vicinity of consonantal closure and release was measured by presenting initial and final portions, respectively, of naturally produced VCV utterances to listeners for categorization. A multidimensional scaling analysis of the results provided highly interpretable, four-dimensional geometrical representations of the confusion patterns in the categorization data. In addition, transmitted information as a function of truncation point was calculated for the features manner place and voicing. The effects of speaker, vowel context, stress, and distinctive feature on the resulting information distributions were tested statistically. It was found that, although all factors are significant, the location and spread of the distributions depends principally on the distinctive feature, i.e., the temporal distribution of perceptually relevant information is very different for the features manner, place, and voicing.