14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Perception and Production of Italian Vowels: An ERP Study

Anna Dora Manca, Mirko Grimaldi

Università del Salento, Italy

In the present study, cortical responses of two sustained Italian vowels, /a/ and /i/, were analyzed in perception and production tasks by using the event-related potential (ERP) technique. First, we showed that the earlier auditory waveform complex, N1/P2, was elicited in both experimental tasks by acoustically presented vowels. More interestingly, the cortical activity of auditory cortex seems to reflect different spectro-acoustical items of Italian vowels in the production task. Specifically, the vowel /a/ generated a weaker activity than /i/ as revealed by different neuronal modulations; moreover, during speech production, the auditory cortex showed a dampening and delaying of its activity in the left hemisphere.

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Bibliographic reference.  Manca, Anna Dora / Grimaldi, Mirko (2013): "Perception and production of Italian vowels: an ERP study", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 916-920.