Perceptual Compensation Is Correlated with Individuals' “Autistic” Traits: Implications for Models of Sound Change

  title={Perceptual Compensation Is Correlated with Individuals' “Autistic” Traits: Implications for Models of Sound Change},
  author={Alan C. L. Yu},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  • Alan C. L. Yu
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Medicine
  • PLoS ONE
  • Variation is a ubiquitous feature of speech. Listeners must take into account context-induced variation to recover the interlocutor's intended message. When listeners fail to normalize for context-induced variation properly, deviant percepts become seeds for new perceptual and production norms. In question is how deviant percepts accumulate in a systematic fashion to give rise to sound change (i.e., new pronunciation norms) within a given speech community. The present study investigated… CONTINUE READING
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