14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Landmarks and the Perception of Manner

Caroline Jones

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA

This study investigates the role of landmarks – acoustically abrupt discontinuities associated with consonants – in the perception of manner contrasts in English, within the context of the question whether the segment, and not the diphone, is a unit of speech perception. The landmarks investigated are the burst, onset of frication (prevocalically) and vowel offset region (postvocalically). The manner contrasts investigated are stops vs. fricatives, and fricatives vs. affricates. The results of the experiment indicate some role for these landmarks in the perception of consonantal continuancy, but only for postalveolars, where landmark effects interact with voicing and syllable position.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jones, Caroline (1999): "Landmarks and the perception of manner", In ICPhS-14, 171-174.