12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Perceptual Learning of Liquids

Odette Scharenborg (1), Holger Mitterer (1), James M. McQueen (2)

(1) MPI for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
(2) Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Previous research on lexically-guided perceptual learning has focussed on contrasts that differ primarily in local cues, such as plosive and fricative contrasts. The present research had two aims: to investigate whether perceptual learning occurs for a contrast with non-local cues, the /l/-/r/ contrast, and to establish whether STRAIGHT can be used to create ambiguous sounds on an /l/-/r/ continuum. Listening experiments showed lexically-guided learning about the /l/-/r/ contrast. Listeners can thus tune in to unusual speech sounds characterised by non-local cues. Moreover, STRAIGHT can be used to create stimuli for perceptual learning experiments, opening up new research possibilities.

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Bibliographic reference.  Scharenborg, Odette / Mitterer, Holger / McQueen, James M. (2011): "Perceptual learning of liquids", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 149-152.