Access to homophonic meanings during spoken language comprehension: Effects of context and neighborhood density

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Abstract

A gating experiment was conducted to examine the effects of context and neighborhood density information in the processing of Chinese homophones during spoken language comprehension. In this experiment, listeners were presented with successively gated portions of a spoken homophone, embedded in a sentence context, and they identified the homophone on the basis of its increasing amount of acoustic information. Results indicate that context has an early effect on the disambiguation of various homophonic meanings, shortly after the acoustic onset of the word. Second, context interacts with frequency of the individual meanings of a homophone during lexical access. Third, the neighborhood density information helps to narrow down the number of candidates of the target homophone along the temporal course of spoken language processing. Finally, the results are interpreted in terms of interactive activation models of lexical processing. Copyright © 2002 International Speech Communication Association.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th International Conference on Spoken Language processing, ICSLP 2002
EditorsJohn H. L. HANSEN, Bryan PELLOM
Place of PublicationBaixas, France
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Pages1665-1668
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Yip, M. C. W. (2002). Access to homophonic meanings during spoken language comprehension: Effects of context and neighborhood density. In J. H. L. Hansen & B. Pellom (Eds.), 7th International Conference on Spoken Language processing, ICSLP 2002 (pp. 1665-1668). Baixas, France: International Speech Communication Association