Prelexically-driven perceptual retuning of phoneme boundaries
Cutler, A., McQueen, J. M., Butterfield, S., & Norris, D.
Prelexically-driven perceptual retuning of phoneme boundaries. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2008
Listeners heard an ambiguous /f-s/ in nonword contexts where only one of /f/ or /s/ was legal (e.g., frul/*srul or *fnud/snud). In later categorisation of a phonetic continuum from /f/ to /s/, their category boundaries had shifted; hearing -rul led to expanded /f/ categories, -nud expanded /s/. Thus phonotactic sequence information alone induces perceptual retuning of phoneme category boundaries; lexical access is not required.