Effects of Place of Articulation Changes on Auditory Neural Activity: A Magnetoencephalography Study

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From: PLoS ONE(Vol. 4, Issue 2)
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Document Type: Article
Length: 4,854 words
Lexile Measure: 1450L

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In casual speech, phonemic segments often assimilate such that they adopt features from adjacent segments, a typical feature being their place of articulation within the vocal tract (e.g., labial, coronal, velar). Place assimilation (e.g., from coronal /n/ to labial /m/: rainbow[right arrow]*raimbow) alters the surface form of words. Listeners' ability to perceptually compensate for such changes seems to depend on the phonemic context, on whether the adjacent segment (e.g., the /b/ in "rainbow") invites the particular change. Also, some assimilations occur frequently (e.g., /n/[right arrow]/m/), others are rare (e.g., /m/[right arrow]/n/). We investigated the effects of place assimilation, its contextual dependency, and its frequency on the strength of auditory evoked mismatch negativity (MMN) responses, using pseudowords. Results from magnetoencephalography (MEG) revealed that the MMN was modulated both by the frequency and contextual appropriateness of assimilations.

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