2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

The Role of Non-Lexical Attentional Cuing in Phoneme Restoration
Kimberly F. Suozzi
Dr. Terry Palmer, Faculty Mentor

Phonemic restoration occurs when extraneous sound (i.e. white noise) replaces or superimposes a phoneme in normal speech, yet listeners persist in hearing an intact phoneme. Lexical and sub-lexical priming has been shown to increase the ability of listeners to detect extraneous sound in speech contexts (e.g. Samuel 1986). The present study examines the role of non-lexical rhythmic attentional cuing in the ability for a listener to distinguish between intact and noise-replaced phoneme targets. Subjects were presented with either a rhythmic or random series of clicks preceding a word containing the target phoneme, and asked to report whether or not the word contained a replaced or intact phoneme. Rhythmic cueing is predicted to significantly decrease the effect of phoneme restoration.

Keywords: phonemic restoration, language processing, rhythmic cuing

Topic(s):Psychology
Linguistics

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 9-5
Location: MG 1000
Time: 9:00

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