The efficiency of cross-dialectal word recognition
Tuinman, A., Mitterer, H., & Cutler, A.
The efficiency of cross-dialectal word recognition. In Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2011), Florence, Italy
Dialects of the same language can differ in the casual speech
processes they allow; e.g., British English allows the insertion of
[r] at word boundaries in sequences such as saw ice, while
American English does not. In two speeded word recognition
experiments, American listeners heard such British English
sequences; in contrast to non-native listeners, they accurately
perceived intended vowel-initial words even with intrusive [r].
Thus despite input mismatches, cross-dialectal word recognition
benefits from the full power of native-language processing.