TITLE

Effect of Vowel Identity and Onset Asynchrony on Concurrent Vowel Identification

AUTHOR(S)
Hedrick, Mark S.; Madix, Steven G.
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research;Jun2009, Vol. 52 Issue 3, p696
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Purpose: The purpose of the current study was to determine the effects of vowel identity and temporal onset asynchrony on identification of vowels overlapped in time. Method: Fourteen listeners with normal hearing, with a mean age of 24 years, participated. The listeners were asked to identify both of a pair of 200-ms vowels (referred to as double vowels) presented either simultaneously or with a temporal asynchrony ranging from 25 ms to 150 ms in 25-ms steps. The stimuli were synthetic steady-state vowels /i æ a u ¿/ arranged in seven combinations: /u i/ , /æ a/, /¿ a/, /¿ æ/ , /æ i/ , /¿ i/ , and /¿ u/. Results: Listeners' responses revealed that one vowel of a pair was identified correctly more often than the other vowel (known as vowel dominance). Vowel dominance effects were seen for 6 of the 7 vowel pairs, and there was improvement of vowel identification with increasing temporal separation between vowels for 5 of the 7 pairs. Vowel pairs with the vowel /¿/ consistently yielded improved identification with increases in temporal asynchrony. Discussion: Peripheral masking cannot explain the patterns of results of this study. A more parsimonious explanation may be perceptual anchoring.
ACCESSION #
40305027

 

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