8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

The Limits of Multidimensional Category Learning

Martijn Goudbeek (1), Daniel Swingley (1), Keith R. Kluender (2)

(1) Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
(2) University of Wisconsin, USA

Distributional learning is almost certainly involved in the human acquisition of phonetic categories. Because speech is inherently a multidimensional signal, learning phonetic categories entails multidimensional learning. Yet previous studies of auditory category learning have shown poor maintenance of learned multidimensional categories. Two experiments explored ways to improve maintenance: by increasing the costs associated with applying a unidimensional strategy; by providing additional information about the category structures; and by giving explicit instructions on how to categorize. Only with explicit instructions were categorization strategies maintained in a maintenance phase without supervision or distributional information.

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Bibliographic reference.  Goudbeek, Martijn / Swingley, Daniel / Kluender, Keith R. (2007): "The limits of multidimensional category learning", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 2325-2328.