Attila Andics1, James M. McQueen1 & Miranda van Turennout2
1Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics; 2FC Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging

ID 1217
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We present results from an experiment which shows that voice perception is influenced by the phonetic content of speech. Dutch listeners were presented with thirteen speakers pronouncing CVC words with systematically varying segmental content, and they had to discriminate the speakers’ voices. Results show that certain segments help listeners discriminate voices more than other segments do. Voice information can be extracted from every segmental position of a monosyllabic word and is processed rapidly, and vowel changes seem to make a greater difference than consonant changes do. We also show that although relative discriminability within a closed set of voices appears to be a stable property of a voice, it is also influenced by segmental cues – that is, perceived uniqueness of a voice depends on what that voice says.