Evidence for precategorical extrinsic vowel normalization
SourceAttention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75, 3, (2013), pp. 576-587
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Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
SubjectDI-BCB_DCC_Theme 1: Language and Communication; Learning and Plasticity; Psycholinguistics
Three experiments investigated whether extrinsic vowel normalization takes place largely at a categorical or a precategorical level of processing. Traditional vowel normalization effects in categorization were replicated in Experiment 1: Vowels taken from an [ɪ]–[ε] continuum were more often interpreted as /ɪ/ (which has a low first formant, F1) when the vowels were heard in contexts that had a raised F1 than when the contexts had a lowered F1. This was established with contexts that consisted of only two syllables. These short contexts were necessary for Experiment 2, a discrimination task that encouraged listeners to focus on the perceptual properties of vowels at a precategorical level. Vowel normalization was again found: Ambiguous vowels were more easily discriminated from an endpoint [ε] than from an endpoint [ɪ] in a high-F1 context, whereas the opposite was true in a low-F1 context. Experiment 3 measured discriminability between pairs of steps along the [ɪ]–[ε] continuum. Contextual influences were again found, but without discrimination peaks, contrary to what was predicted from the same participants’ categorization behavior. Extrinsic vowel normalization therefore appears to be a process that takes place at least in part at a precategorical processing level.
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