10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Learning and Generalization of Novel Contrastive Cues

Meghan Sumner

Stanford University, USA

This paper examines the learning of a novel phonetic contrast. Specifically, we examine how a contrast is learned do speakers learn a specific property about a particular word, or do they internalize a pattern that can be applied to words of a particular type in subsequent processing? In two experiments, participants were trained to treat stop release as contrastive. Following training, participants took either a minimal pair decision or a cross-modal form priming task, both of which include trained words, untrained words with a trained rime, and novel, untrained words. The results of both experiments suggest that both strategies are used in learning listeners generalize to words with similar rimes, but are unable to extend this knowledge to novel words.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sumner, Meghan (2009): "Learning and generalization of novel contrastive cues", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 384-387.