Third European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Berlin, Germany
September 22-25, 1993


Click Detection in Italian and English

Brit van Ooyen (1,2), Anne Cutler (1), Pier Marco Bertinetto (3)

(1) MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge, UK
(2) Phonetics Laboratory, University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands
(3) Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

We report four experiments in which English and Italian monolinguals detected clicks in continous speech in their native language. Two of the experiments used an off-line location task, and two used an on-line reaction time task. Despite there being large differences between English and Italian with respect to rhythmic characteristics, very similar response patterns were found for the two language groups. It is concluded that the process of click detection operates independently from language-specific differences in perceptual processing at the sublexical level.

Keywords: Speech perception, English, Italian, vowel duration, reaction time.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Ooyen, Brit van / Cutler, Anne / Bertinetto, Pier Marco (1993): "Click detection in Italian and English", In EUROSPEECH'93, 681-684.