The perception of assimilation in newly learned novel words.

SNOEREN, Natalie D., GASKELL, M. Gareth and DI BETTA, Anna Maria (2009). The perception of assimilation in newly learned novel words. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35 (2), 542-549.

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The present study investigated the mechanisms underlying perceptual compensation for assimilation in novel words. During training, participants learned canonical versions of novel spoken words (e.g., decibot) presented in isolation. Following exposure to a second set of novel words the next day, participants carried out a phoneme monitoring task. Here, the novel words were presented with final alternations (e.g., decibop) in carrier sentences that either licensed assimilation (viable context: Our decibop behaved badly) or did not (unviable context: Our decibop does very well). Listeners had to monitor for the underlying form of the assimilated consonant (e.g., /t/ in decibop). Results showed more responses corresponding to the underlying form in viable than in unviable contexts. This viability effect was equivalent for novel words learned on the same day and on the previous day but was absent for unexposed control items. The processing difference between exposed and control novel words supports the idea that compensation for assimilation interacts with newly acquired phonological information and suggests that contextual compensation for assimilation is enhanced by lexical knowledge.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Psychology Research Group
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Page Range: 542-549
Depositing User: Sam Wharam
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 11:31
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 00:01

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