What makes words sound similar?

@article{Hahn2005WhatMW,
  title={What makes words sound similar?},
  author={Ulrike Hahn and Todd M. Bailey},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2005},
  volume={97},
  pages={227-267}
}
Although similarity plays an important role in accounts of language processing, there are surprisingly few direct empirical studies of the phonological similarity between words, and it is therefore not clear whether similarity comparisons between words involve processes similar to those involved in other cognitive domains. In five experiments, participants chose which of two monosyllabic pseudo-words sounded more similar to a target pseudo-word. Our results are generally consistent with the… CONTINUE READING
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