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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

The Effect of Age and Reading Level on the Perception of Temporal Speech Information

Souhila Messaoud-Galusi, Liliane Sprenger-Charolles


In a previous experiment Carré et al. showed that perception of a synthetic [ai] token depends on the duration of the transition between the two vowels. French adults reported hearing either /ai/ or /aei/ depend on whether the duration was below or above 200 ms. This perceptual threshold is also the mean duration of a syllable in French. Carré et al. assumed that the syllabic analysis of the speech input by French listeners may influence the perception of the transition, leading to the perception of /aei/ when the transition duration is longer than 200 ms. The present data indicate that the durational threshold for perceiving three vs. two vowels in VV tokens depends both on the age and reading level of the listener.

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Bibliographic reference.  Messaoud-Galusi, Souhila / Sprenger-Charolles, Liliane (2003): "The effect of age and reading level on the perception of temporal speech information", In ICPhS-15, 2011-2014.