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Revealing mental representation through the lens of predictability

Speaker: 
Kevin Tang (University of Florida)
Event time: 
Friday, December 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
Dow Hall (Room 201) See map
370 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Predictability is one of the many factors which influences the phonetic expression of a linguistic unit. Contextual predictability, which describes how predictable a linguistic unit is in some local environment, has been consistently shown to modulate the phonetic salience of words and other linguistic units in speech production (the probabilistic reduction effect).

In this talk, I will give an overview of some of the recent work on the probabilistic reduction effect and the existing accounts. I will show that the predictability of a linguistic unit does not only influence the phonetic expression in a given context, but it can more generally shape the mental representation of phonemes, words and even homophones.

Admission: 
Free
203-432-2450
Event Type: 
Lunch Talks