Auditory word recognition is not more sensitive to word-initial than to word-final stimulus information

M.J. Vlugt, van der, S.G. Nooteboom

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    Several accounts of human recognition of spoken words a.!!llign special importance to stimulus-word onsets. The experiment described here was d~igned to find out whether such a word-beginning superiority effect, which ill supported by experimental evidence of various kinds, is due to a special sensitivity of the word recognition process to word-initial stimulus information, or rather to the special importance of word onsets for the proper alignment of stimuli with word candidates. To this end 28 polysyllabic monomorphematic test words were selected, all having the special characteristic that their leCt, and right-to-Ieft recognition points coincided in the same phoneme. These words were synthesilled from diphones, and of each word four versions were prepared: a. without noise, b. with liaise-masking segment perception in the word-initial fragment, c. with noise-masking segment perception in the word-final fragment, d . with noise masking the whole word. These stimuli were, appropriately blocked, distributed over four stimulus tapes together with a number of filler words, and presented to four groups of twelve subjects for word re
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-49
    JournalIPO Annual Progress Report
    Publication statusPublished - 1986

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