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Leading up the lexical garden path: Segmentation and ambiguity in spoken word recognition

Davis, M.H., Marslen-Wilson, W.D. and Gaskell, M.G. (2002) Leading up the lexical garden path: Segmentation and ambiguity in spoken word recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 28 (1). pp. 218-244. ISSN 0096-1523

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Abstract

Two gating studies, a forced-choice identification study and 2 series of cross-modal repetition priming experiments, traced the time course of recognition of words with onset embeddings (captain) and short words in contexts that match (cap tucked) or mismatch (cap looking) with longer words. Results suggest that acoustic differences in embedded syllables assist the perceptual system in discriminating short words from the start of longer words. The ambiguity created by embedded words is therefore not as severe as predicted by models of spoken word recognition based on phonemic representations. These additional acoustic cues combine with post-offset information in identifying onset-embedded words in connected speech.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2009 13:46
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2009 13:46
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0096-1523.28.1.218
Status: Published
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Identification Number: 10.1037/0096-1523.28.1.218
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6698

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