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

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


Acoustic Cue Contrast Patterns and Their Implications

Thomas R. Sawallis

Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL, USA

Our implicit schema of a speech cue as consisting of paired acoustic distributions straddling a boundary presents both analytical and experimental problems. A better model can be based on the listeners' memory of the distribution of cues they have heard. This monomodal model alleviates the problems of the paired schema, and it explains and autonomously quantifies token value and abstract cue strength in revealing ways, particularly for speech perception and cross-language comparison, but also for phonology and other linguistic subfields.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sawallis, Thomas R. (1999): "Acoustic cue contrast patterns and their implications", In ICPhS-14, 2235-2238.