15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Linking Speech, Imagery and Memory processes: Intrasyllabic Articulatory Control Constraints in Verbal Transformations

Marc Sato, Jean-Luc Schwartz

ICP-CNRS, France

In this study, we demonstrated the sensitivity of the Verbal Transformation Effect - an auditory-verbal illusion - to articulatory control constraints, specifically phase relationships between vowel and consonant gestures. The persistence of this articulatory phasing effect from an overt to a mental repetition of non-sense syllables demonstrates that phasing stability constraints originating from the action system may participate in mental representations and imagery. In addition, since the Phonological Loop - the verbal component of Baddeley's working memory model - seems to be involved in verbal transformations, these results seem to substantiate the sensitivity of this memory system to purely articulatory constraints and, therefore, its dependence not only on phonological organization principles but also on motor constraints.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sato, Marc / Schwartz, Jean-Luc (2003): "Linking speech, imagery and memory processes: intrasyllabic articulatory control constraints in verbal transformations", In ICPhS-15, 435-438.