11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Competition in the Perception of Spoken Japanese Words

Takashi Otake (1), James M. McQueen (2), Anne Cutler (3)

(1) E-Listening Laboratory, Japan
(2) Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
(3) University of Western Sydney, Australia

Japanese listeners detected Japanese words embedded at the end of nonsense sequences (e.g., kaba 'hippopotamus' in gyachikaba). When the final portion of the preceding context together with the initial portion of the word (e.g., here, the sequence chika) was compatible with many lexical competitors, recognition of the embedded word was more difficult than when such a sequence was compatible with few competitors. This clear effect of competition, established here for preceding context in Japanese, joins similar demonstrations, in other languages and for following contexts, to underline that the functional architecture of the human spoken-word recognition system is a universal one.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Otake, Takashi / McQueen, James M. / Cutler, Anne (2010): "Competition in the perception of spoken Japanese words", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 114-117.