ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009

Effect of r-resonance information on intelligibility

Antje Heinrich, Sarah Hawkins

We investigated the importance of phonetic information in preceding syllables for the intelligibility of minimal-pair words containing /r/ or /l/. Target words were cross-spliced into a different token of the same sentence (match) or into a sentence that was identical but originally contained the paired word (mismatch). Young and old adults heard the sentences, casually or carefully spoken, in cafeteria or 12-talker babble. Matched phonetic information in the syllable immediately before the target segment, and in earlier syllables, facilitated intelligibility of r- but not l-words. Despite hearing loss, older adults also used this phonetic information.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-58

Cite as: Heinrich, A., Hawkins, S. (2009) Effect of r-resonance information on intelligibility. Proc. Interspeech 2009, 804-807, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-58

  author={Antje Heinrich and Sarah Hawkins},
  title={{Effect of r-resonance information on intelligibility}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2009},