The roles of reconstruction and lexical storage in the comprehension of regular pronunciation variants
The roles of reconstruction and lexical storage in the comprehension of regular pronunciation variants. In Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2009)
(pp. 1875-1878). Causal Productions Pty Ltd.
This paper investigates how listeners process regular
pronunciation variants, resulting from simple general reduction
processes. Study 1 shows that when listeners are presented with
new words, they store the pronunciation variants presented to
them, whether these are unreduced or reduced. Listeners thus
store information on word-specific pronunciation variation.
Study 2 suggests that if participants are presented with
regularly reduced pronunciations, they also reconstruct and
store the corresponding unreduced pronunciations. These
unreduced pronunciations apparently have special status.
Together the results support hybrid models of speech
processing, assuming roles for both exemplars and abstract