13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

Accounting for Speech Rate in Spoken Word Recognition

David Cheng-Huan Li, Elsi Kaiser

Department of Linguistics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

To test whether speech rate influences the interpretation of lexically-ambiguous forms, we conducted a visual-world eye-tracking study. We varied the speech rate of carrier phrases, to see if this influences how listeners perceive sequences with a coronal/labial ambiguity. Our results suggest that listeners' interpretations are sensitive to speech rate: Even with identical acoustic materials, listeners' real-time processing of ambiguous words is influenced by the speech rate of the surrounding carrier sentence. This work highlights the importance of incorporating speech rate into existing models of spoken word recognition.

Index Terms: spoken word recognition, speech rate, visual-world eye-tracking

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Bibliographic reference.  Li, David Cheng-Huan / Kaiser, Elsi (2012): "Accounting for speech rate in spoken word recognition", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 2009-2012.