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Phondi: Kuniko Nielsen on nasality and VOT

Friday, January 23, 2015
12:00 AM
473 Lorch Hall

Perceptual asymmetry between greater and lesser presence of vowel nasality and VOT

At today's Phondi meeting, Kuniko Nielsen will present research that she is conducting jointly with Rebecca Scarborough (UC Boulder).

Perceptual asymmetry between greater and lesser presence of vowel nasality and VOT

This study explores whether there is an asymmetry with respect to the perceptual salience of increased vs. decreased degree of realization of phonologically relevant features, by examining vowel nasality and voice onset time. Twenty-five native speakers of American English participated in a forced-choice discrimination task, and Correct Response and RT were analyzed. The results showed that stimuli with increased features were responded more correctly and faster than stimuli with decreased features, revealing that greater presence of these phonetic features is perceptually more salient.

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