Pitch accent in spoken-word recognition in Japanese.

  title={Pitch accent in spoken-word recognition in Japanese.},
  author={Anne Cutler and Takashi Otake},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  volume={105 3},
Three experiments addressed the question of whether pitch-accent information may be exploited in the process of recognizing spoken words in Tokyo Japanese. In a two-choice classification task, listeners judged from which of two words, differing in accentual structure, isolated syllables had been extracted (e.g., ka from baka HL or gaka LH); most judgments were correct, and listeners' decisions were correlated with the fundamental frequency characteristics of the syllables. In a gating… CONTINUE READING

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