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The speakers accent shapes the listeners phonological predictions during speech perception

  • Authors
  • Brunellière, A.; Soto-Faraco, S.
  • UPF authors
  • Type
  • Articles de recerca
  • Journal títle
  • Brain and Language
  • Publication year
  • 2013
  • Volume
  • 125
  • Pages
  • 82-93
  • ISSN
  • 0093-934X
  • Publication State
  • Publicat
  • Abstract
  • This study investigates the specificity of predictive coding in spoken word comprehension using event-related potentials (ERPs). We measured word-evoked ERPs in Catalan speakers listening to semantically constraining sentences produced in their native regional accent (Experiment 1) or in a non-native accent (Experiment 2). Semantically anomalous words produced long-lasting negative shift (N400) starting as early as 250 ms, thus reflecting phonological as well as semantic mismatch. Semantically expected but phonologically unexpected (non-native forms embedded in a native context) produced only an early (~250 ms) negative difference. In contrast, this phonological expectancy effect failed for native albeit phonologically unexpected target words embedded in a non-native context. These results suggest phonologically precise expectations when operating over native input, whilst phonologically less specified expectations in a non-native context. Our findings shed light on contextual influence during word recognition, suggesting that word form prediction based on context is sensitive and adaptive to phonological variability.
  • Complete citation
  • Brunellière, A.; Soto-Faraco, S.. The speakers accent shapes the listeners phonological predictions during speech perception. Brain and Language 2013; 125( ): 82-93.
Bibliometric indicators
  • 25 times cited Scopus
  • 21 times cited WOS
  • Índex Scimago de 1.953(2013)