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Now you hear me, now you don’t: perception of highly lenited Chilean Spanish approximants and its implications for lexical access models

Figueroa Candia, M; Evans, B; (2021) Now you hear me, now you don’t: perception of highly lenited Chilean Spanish approximants and its implications for lexical access models. In: Rogers, BMA and Figueroa Candia, M, (eds.) Chilean Spanish Linguistics: Studies on Variation, Innovation, Contact, and Identity. Vernon Press: Wilmington, DE, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Chilean Spanish is special in that it displays particularly high degrees of lenition and elision of [β̞�], [ð̞]� and [ɣ̞] (Pérez, 2007). Interestingly, Chilean Spanish listeners can recover elided units effortlessly, which challenges the assumptions of some lexical access models, such as strong bottom-up abstractionist models (Mitterer & Ernestus, 2006). This proposal reports on a series of perception experiments in which synthetic continua from full approximants to elided variants were presented in several informational conditions. Results showed that increasing the amount of acoustic information and the number of semantic cues had a significant effect on listeners' responses, enabling lexical effects and minimizing phonological recovery. Moreover, these effects were different for the three consonants being tested, probably due to existing links between production and perception. These findings are discussed in light of previous research on lexical effects and recovery, and lexical access models in general.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Now you hear me, now you don’t: perception of highly lenited Chilean Spanish approximants and its implications for lexical access models
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://vernonpress.com/book/606
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10109224
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