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Cognitive Science 32 (2008) 543562 Copyright C 2008 Cognitive Science Society, Inc. All rights reserved.
 

Summary: Cognitive Science 32 (2008) 543562
Copyright C 2008 Cognitive Science Society, Inc. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0364-0213 print / 1551-6709 online
DOI: 10.1080/03640210802035357
The Weckud Wetch of the Wast: Lexical
Adaptation to a Novel Accent
Jessica Mayea, Richard N. Aslinb, Michael K. Tanenhausb
a
Northwestern University and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems
b
University of Rochester
Received 8 September 2006; received in revised form 16 May 2007; accepted 17 May 2007
Abstract
Two experiments investigated the mechanism by which listeners adjust their interpretation of ac-
cented speech that is similar to a regional dialect of American English. Only a subset of the vowels
of English (the front vowels) were shifted during adaptation, which consisted of listening to a 20-min
segment of the "Wizard of Oz." Compared to a baseline (unadapted) condition, listeners showed signif-
icant adaptation to the accented speech, as indexed by increased word judgments on a lexical decision
task. Adaptation also generalized to test words that had not been presented in the accented passage but
that contained the shifted vowels. A control experiment showed that the adaptation effect was specific

  

Source: Aslin, Richard N. - Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester

 

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