Lipreading and the Compensation for Coarticulation Mechanism

J. Vroomen, B. de Gelder

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Listeners compensate for coarticulatory influences of one speech sound on another. We examined whether lipread information penetrates this perceptual compensation mechanism. Experiment 1 replicated the finding that when an /as/ or /a/ sound preceded a /ta/-/ka/ continuum, more velar stops were perceived in the context of /as/. Experiments 2 and 3 investigated whether the same phoneme boundary shift would be obtained when the context was lipread instead of heard. An ambiguous sound between /as/ and /a/ was dubbed on the video of a speaker articulating /as/ or /a/. Subjects relied on the lipread information when identifying the ambiguous fricative sound as /s/ or //, but there was no corresponding boundary shift in the following /ta/-/ka/ continuum. These results indicate that biasing of the fricative by lipread information and compensation for coarticulation can be dissociated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-672
JournalLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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