ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009

Semantic context effects in the recognition of acoustically unreduced and reduced words

Chao Wang, Johan Schalkwyk, Roberto Sicconi, Geoffrey Zweig, Marco van de Ven, Benjamin V. Tucker, Mirjam Ernestus

Listeners require context to understand the casual pronunciation variants of words that are typical of spontaneous speech [1]. The present study reports two auditory lexical decision experiments, investigating listenersÂ’ 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.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-542

Cite as: Wang, C., Schalkwyk, J., Sicconi, R., Zweig, G., Ven, M.v.d., Tucker, B.V., Ernestus, M. (2009) Semantic context effects in the recognition of acoustically unreduced and reduced words. Proc. Interspeech 2009, 1867-1870, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-542

@inproceedings{wang09e_interspeech,
  author={Chao Wang and Johan Schalkwyk and Roberto Sicconi and Geoffrey Zweig and Marco van de Ven and Benjamin V. Tucker and Mirjam Ernestus},
  title={{Semantic context effects in the recognition of acoustically unreduced and reduced words}},
  year=2009,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2009},
  pages={1867--1870},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2009-542}
}