Date of Original Version

8-1-1997

Type

Article

Rights Management

Copyright 1997

Abstract or Description

When members of a series of synthesized stop consonants varying in third-formant (F3) characteristics and varying perceptually from /da/ to /ga/ are preceded by /al/, human listeners report hearing more /ga/ syllables than when the members of the series are preceded by /ar/. It has been suggested that this shift in identification is the result of specialized processes that compensate for acoustic consequences of coarticulation. To lest the species-specificity of this perceptual phenomenon, data were collected from nonhuman animals in a syllable ''labeling'' task. Four Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) were trained to peck a key differentially to identify clear /da/ and /ga/ exemplars. After training, ambiguous members of a /da/-/ga/ series were presented in the context of /al/ and /ar/ syllables. Pecking performance demonstrated a shift which coincided with data from humans. These results suggest that processes underlying ''perceptual compensation for coarticulation'' are species-general. In addition, the pattern of response behavior expressed is rather common across perceptual systems. (C) 1997 Acoustical Society of America.

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JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 102, 2, 1134-1140.