Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP'98)

December 4-6, 1998
Terrigal - Sydney, Australia

Visual Perception of Glides Versus Vowels: The Effect of Dynamic Expectancy

Marie-Agnes Cathiard, Christian Abry, Jean-Luc Schwartz

ICP-STENDHAL, Grenoble, (France)

Does the visual perception of glides require a dynamic representation? In our previous experiments on the visual perception of rounding, we argued against the mandatory status of dynamic representations for visual vowels. In this paper, we focus on a specifically temporal contrast between the French vowel [y] and the corresponding [y] glide. Results are twofold. First: for subjects who use this contrast, we demonstrate that the duration of the static phase of rounding provides a basic correlate of the vowel vs. glide identification. Second: a gating experiment indicates that the intrinsically dynamic nature of the glide is not exploited until subject expectancy is oriented towards motion processing. Again we cannot support an exclusive visual dynamic representation neither for vowels nor glides.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cathiard, Marie-Agnes / Abry, Christian / Schwartz, Jean-Luc (1998): "Visual perception of glides versus vowels: the effect of dynamic expectancy", In AVSP-1998, 115-120.