The interaction of formant transition and release burst cues in perceiving the place of coda stops in different vowel contexts

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Abstract

This study investigates the perception of coda stops in different vowel contexts focusing on two perceptual cues: (i) the vowel-to-consonant (V-to-C) formant transition in the vocalic portion and (ii) the release burst of a coda stop. Two perceptual experiments tested native English listeners’ identification of the coda stops [p] [t] [k] in CVC syllables when the vowels are [i] or [ae]. The audio stimuli in the first experiment were CVC syllables without the release burst of coda stops and those in the second experiment were CVC syllables with conflicting V-to-C transitions vs. release bursts. The results showed (i) different accuracies in identifying the place of coda stops in different vowel contexts in the absence of release bursts and (ii) a more reliance on release burst than V-to-C transition when both cues are present. These suggested a delicate interaction of formation transition and release burst cues in perceiving the place of coda stops across different vowel contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental Linguistics
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

User-Defined Keywords

  • coda stop
  • formant transition
  • release burst
  • vowel context
  • perceptual cue

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