Re: Phoneme versus word recognition. (Brent Edwards )

Subject: Re: Phoneme versus word recognition.
From:    Brent Edwards  <brent(at)>
Date:    Fri, 14 Feb 2003 14:07:55 -0800

Boothroyd and Nittrouer ("Mathematical treatment of context effects in phoneme and word recognition," J Acoust Soc Am. 1988 Jul;84(1):101-14) looked at CVC word recognition as a function of recognition of the individual phonemes. He found for *nonsense* CVCs that the probabilities of recognizing the word (p_word) and for recognizing the phonemes (p_phoneme) are related as follows: p_word=(p_phoneme)^3 indicating that the phonemes are independent components. For *meaningful* CVCs, p_word=(p_phoneme)^2.5 indicating the superiority of identifying each phoneme when they are grouped together in a meaningful word. Is this what you are looking for? --Brent ----- Original Message ----- From: "Al Bregman" <al.bregman(at)MCGILL.CA> To: <AUDITORY(at)LISTS.MCGILL.CA> Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 1:39 PM Subject: Phoneme versus word recognition. > Dear list , > > A graduate student at McGill has done some research with narrow band noises > of ambiguous pitch, showing that people are good at identifying melodies > made of these types of notes, even though they are poor at matching the > pitch of the individual notes. I thought that there might be some relation > to the "word superiority effect" in reading (we have many references) and in > speech perception. On the latter topic we have been able to find only one > article, Norris & Cutler (1988). Does anyone know of other examples of the > superiority of recognizing a larger unit, even though there is a lot of > uncertainty about the component units? Are there examples in music? > > We would appreciate any information on this topic. > > - Al > ----------------------------------------------------------- > Albert S. Bregman, FRSC > Emeritus Professor > Dept. of Psychology, McGill University > 1205 Docteur Penfield Ave. > Montreal, QC Canada H3A 1B1 > > Office Tel: (514) 398-6103, Fax -4896 > Home Tel. & Fax: (514) 484-2592 > E-mail: al.bregman(at) > -----------------------------------------------------------

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