10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Non-Automaticity of Use of Orthographic Knowledge in Phoneme Evaluation

Anne Cutler (1), Chris Davis (2), Jeesun Kim (2)

(1) Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
(2) University of Western Sydney, Australia

Two phoneme goodness rating experiments addressed the role of orthographic knowledge in the evaluation of speech sounds. Ratings for the best tokens of /s/ were higher in words spelled with S (e.g., bless) than in words where /s/ was spelled with C (e.g., voice). This difference did not appear for analogous nonwords for which every lexical neighbour had either S or C spelling (pless, floice). Models of phonemic processing incorporating obligatory influence of lexical information in phonemic processing cannot explain this dissociation; the data are consistent with models in which phonemic decisions are not subject to necessary top-down lexical influence.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cutler, Anne / Davis, Chris / Kim, Jeesun (2009): "Non-automaticity of use of orthographic knowledge in phoneme evaluation", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 380-383.