5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Spotting (Different Types of) Words in (Different Types of) Context

James M. McQueen, Anne Cutler

Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

Results of a word-spotting experiment are presented in which Dutch listeners tried to spot different types of bisyllabic Dutch words embedded in different types of nonsense contexts. Embedded verbs were not reliably harder to spot than embedded nouns; this suggests that nouns and verbs are recognised via the same basic processes. Iambic words were no harder to spot than trochaic words, suggesting that trochaic words are not in principle easier to recognise than iambic words. Words were harder to spot in consonantal contexts (i.e., contexts which themselves could not be words) than in longer contexts which contained at least one vowel (i.e., contexts which, though not words, were possible words of Dutch). A control experiment showed that this difference was not due to acoustic differences between the words in each context. The results support the claim that spoken-word recognition is sensitive to the viability of sound sequences as possible words.

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Bibliographic reference.  McQueen, James M. / Cutler, Anne (1998): "Spotting (different types of) words in (different types of) context", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0033.