EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Perception of Coda Voicing from Properties of the Onset and Nucleus of 'Led' And 'Let'

Sarah Hawkins (1), NoŽl Nguyen (2)

(1) University of Cambridge, UK
(2) Universitť de Provence, France

Syllable-onset /l/ in British English is longer and often has different (usually lower) F2 frequency before a voiced coda. Five experiments explore the perceptual power of these properties and of f0. In each experiment, listeners identified as 'led' or 'let' synthetic syllables whose latter half was replaced by noise. The most reliable cue was /l/ duration; F2 frequency in the /l/ was influential mainly when the vowel quality was held constant. However, listeners learn which cues are most effective, and some choose /l/ duration rather than spectral properties relatively late in the procedure. The results support word recognition models with non-segmental lexical representation that is sensitive to systematic variation in phonetic fine detail.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hawkins, Sarah / Nguyen, NoŽl (2001): "Perception of coda voicing from properties of the onset and nucleus of 'led' and 'let'", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 407-410.