Perception of Features in the Identification of English Consonants
Doeleman, Tobey Lynn
Perception of voicing, manner, and place of articulation was investigated in two gating
In Experiment I, subjects identified the English consonants [p, t, b, d, f, s,v, z] presented in six different gated conditions. Results were analyzed in terms of correct identification of the consonants and each of the features, and in terms of information transmission.
In Experiment 2, subjects were presented with two mutually exclusive sets of the same stimuli such that information about a particular feature was given (e.g. voicing given in sets [p, t, f, s] and [b, d, v, z]).
The results showed that the subjects given place information had significantly higher identification scores than the subjects given manner information or the subjects in Experiment I.
This suggests a privileged status for place information such that it can reduce ambiguities in voicing and manner and facilitate identification of these consonants.
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