A vowel is a vowel: generalizing newly learned phonotactic constraints to new contexts.

@article{Chambers2010AVI,
  title={A vowel is a vowel: generalizing newly learned phonotactic constraints to new contexts.},
  author={Kyle E Chambers and Kristine H. Onishi and Cynthia Fisher},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2010},
  volume={36 3},
  pages={821-8}
}
Adults can learn novel phonotactic constraints from brief listening experience. We investigated the representations underlying phonotactic learning by testing generalization to syllables containing new vowels. Adults heard consonant-vowel-consonant study syllables in which particular consonants were artificially restricted to the onset or coda position (e.g., /f/ is an onset, /s/ is a coda). Subjects were quicker to repeat novel constraint-following (legal) than constraint-violating (illegal… CONTINUE READING

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