2018-11-27Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.1159/000494140
Towards the Quantification of Peggy Babcock: Speech Errors and Their Position within the Word
Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Sequences of similar (i.e., partially identical) words can be hard to say, as indicated by error frequencies, longer reaction and execution times. This study investigates the role of the location of this partial identity and the accompanying differences, i.e. whether errors are more frequent with mismatches in word onsets (top cop), codas (top tock) or both (pop tot). Number of syllables (tippy ticky) and empty positions (top ta) were also varied. Since the gradient nature of errors can be difficult to determine acoustically, articulatory data were investigated. Articulator movements were recorded using electromagnetic articulography, for up to 9 speakers of American English repeatedly producing 2-word sequences to an accelerating metronome. Most word pairs showed more intrusions and greater variability in coda than in onset position, in contrast to the predominance of onset position errors in corpora from perceptual observation.
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