Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Perceptual Parsing of Nasal Vowels

John Ingram, Tom Mylne

Department of English, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

An experiment is reported on the perception of nasal resonance by French listeners responding to gated monosyllabic words containing phonemically nasal or oral vowels, or vowels before nasal consonants. At issue, following Lahiri and Marslen-Wilson´s [2] experiment on the perception of distinctive and allophonic nasality in Bengali and English, is the question of phonetic under-specificity in the recognition lexicon. However, we argue that the results are more informative of perceptual parsing strategies in the assignment of phonological structure to phonetic input, which argument is further supported by analysis of acoustic cues to oral-nasal resonance in the stimuli.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ingram, John / Mylne, Tom (1994): "Perceptual parsing of nasal vowels", In ICSLP-1994, 495-498.