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

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

The Perceptual Effects of Anticipatory Labial Activity in French

Rudolph Sock (1,2,3), Véronique Hecker (1,3), Marie-Agnès Cathiard (2)

(1) Institut de Phonétique de Strasbourg, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France
(2) Institut de la Communication Parlée de Grenoble, Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France
(3) Laboratoire de Pyschobiologie du Comportement Moteur et des Sports, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France

This 1research examines the relationship between an anticipatory labial gesture and the perception of an upcoming rounded vowel. More specifically, the contribution of anticipatory coarticulation to the perception of the rounded vowel is examined in both the motoric and acoustic levels. The robustness of the temporal extent of the perceptual effect is also evaluated under increased speaking rate. The paradigm consists in generating speech samples by a representative French speaker, then segments are "gated-out" and listeners are asked to judge what the "gated-out" segments were. The issues of acoustic and visual perception of anticipatory vocalic gestures are finally discussed, in trying to provide a general understanding of anticipatory phenomena in speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sock, Rudolph / Hecker, Véronique / Cathiard, Marie-Agnès (1999): "The perceptual effects of anticipatory labial activity in French", In ICPhS-14, 2057-2060.