Reconciling diverse findings in studies of phonetic convergence

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Phonetic convergence occurs both when individuals interact in conversation, and when listeners rapidly repeat words presented over headphones. Results from multiple studies examining phonetic convergence offer an array of often confusing and disparate findings. Reconciling such diverse findings is difficult without a clear rationale for engaging in one acoustic measure over another. The current paper proposes a paradigm that models perceptual and acoustic measures together. Measures of multiple acoustic-phonetic attributes were compared with a perceptual measure of phonetic convergence in a shadowing study. Although convergence was not significant in any acoustic measure alone, the combination of acoustic attributes predicted perceived phonetic convergence on an item-by-item basis. Because perceptual measures integrate across multiple acoustic-phonetic dimensions, future studies of phonetic convergence should use perceptual tasks to calibrate the relative contribution of individual acoustic-phonetic parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number060140
JournalProceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
StatePublished - 2013
Event21st International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2013 - 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 2 Jun 20137 Jun 2013


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