Phonetic accounts of timed responses in syllable monitoring experiments

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This paper reports a syllable monitoring experiment that examines the role ofsegmental phonetic information in Dutch. Participants were presented withlists of spoken words and were required to detect auditorily specified targetsthat matched or did not match the initial syllable of the spoken target-bearingcarrier word. The often-reported effect of syllabic match – the so-called syllablematch effect – was not observed in this experiment. Instead, our results revealedthat listeners make use of fine-grained acoustic information during syllablemonitoring: Reaction times to CVC-targets were found to be predictable by theduration of the pre-consonantal vowel in case the extent of VC-coarticulationwas small (i.e. for stops).


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