12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

The Efficiency of Cross-Dialectal Word Recognition

Annelie Tuinman, Holger Mitterer, Anne Cutler

MPI for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

Dialects of the same language can differ in the casual speech processes they allow; e.g., British English allows the insertion of [r] at word boundaries in sequences such as saw ice, while American English does not. In two speeded word recognition experiments, American listeners heard such British English sequences; in contrast to non-native listeners, they accurately perceived intended vowel-initial words even with intrusive [r]. Thus despite input mismatches, cross-dialectal word recognition benefits from the full power of native-language processing.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tuinman, Annelie / Mitterer, Holger / Cutler, Anne (2011): "The efficiency of cross-dialectal word recognition", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 153-156.