Talkers ' Signaling of " New " and " Old " Words in Speech and Listeners ' Perception and Use of the Distinction *

@inproceedings{Fowlert2009TalkersS,
  title={Talkers ' Signaling of " New " and " Old " Words in Speech and Listeners ' Perception and Use of the Distinction *},
  author={Carol A. Fowlert and Jonathan Housumtt},
  year={2009}
}
  • Carol A. Fowlert, Jonathan Housumtt
  • Published 2009
An experiment examines talkers' utterances of words produced for the first time in a monologue ("new" words) or for the second time ("old" words). The finding is that talkers distinguish old words by shortening them. Two experiments show that old words are less intelligible than new words presented in isolation, but probably are not less identifiable in context. We infer that talkers may attenuate their productions of words when they can do so without sacrificing communicative efficacy. Old… CONTINUE READING

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