Listeners require context to understand the casual pronunciation variants of words that are typical of spontaneous speech . The present study reports two auditory lexical decision experiments, investigating listeners’ use of semantic contextual information in the comprehension of unreduced and reduced words. We found a strong semantic priming effect for low frequency unreduced words, whereas there was no such effect for reduced words. Word frequency was facilitatory for all words. These results show that semantic context is relevant especially for the comprehension of unreduced words, which is unexpected given the listener driven explanation of reduction in spontaneous speech.
Bibliographic reference. Wang, Chao / Schalkwyk, Johan / Sicconi, Roberto / Zweig, Geoffrey / Ven, Marco van de / Tucker, Benjamin V. / Ernestus, Mirjam (2009): "Semantic context effects in the recognition of acoustically unreduced and reduced words", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 1867-1870.