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Re: Phoneme versus word recognition.

Boothroyd and Nittrouer ("Mathematical treatment of context effects in
phoneme and word recognition," J Acoust Soc Am. 1988 Jul;84(1):101-14)
looked at CVC word recognition as a function of recognition of the
individual phonemes. He found for *nonsense* CVCs that the probabilities of
recognizing the word  (p_word) and for recognizing the phonemes (p_phoneme)
are related as follows:


indicating that the phonemes are independent components. For *meaningful*


indicating the superiority of identifying each phoneme when they are grouped
together in a meaningful word. Is this what you are looking for?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Al Bregman" <al.bregman@MCGILL.CA>
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 1:39 PM
Subject: Phoneme versus word recognition.

> Dear list ,
> A graduate student at McGill has done some research with narrow band
> of ambiguous pitch, showing that people are good at identifying melodies
> made of these types of notes, even though they are poor at matching the
> pitch of the individual notes.  I thought that there might be some
> to the "word superiority effect" in reading (we have many references) and
> speech perception.  On the latter topic we have been able to find only one
> article, Norris & Cutler (1988).  Does anyone know of other examples of
> superiority of recognizing a larger unit, even though there is a lot of
> uncertainty about the component units?  Are there examples in music?
> We would appreciate any information on this topic.
> - Al
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