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We investigate native speaker perception of cues to voiceless plosives in the Malayo-Polynesian language Madurese. Madurese is described as having a three-way laryngeal contrast between voiced, voiceless aspirated, and voiceless unaspirated plosives. However, voiceless aspirated and unaspirated plosives are always followed by vowels of different but predictable height, and their VOT distributions overlap heavily, raising the question of whether VOT or F1 is primary perceptual cue to this contrast. The trading relation between VOT and F1 in Madurese was investigated using 2AFC identification and AXB discrimination paradigms. Results indicate that the VOT differences between voiceless plosives which exist in production are not exploited in perception, suggesting that Madurese speakers may not have distinct phonetic targets for aspirated and unaspirated plosives. The surface VOT distributions may instead be a result of differences in following vowel height.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019|
|Editors||Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain, Paul Warren|
|Place of Publication||Canberra, Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - Melbourne, Australia|
Duration: 5 Aug 2019 → 9 Aug 2019
|Conference||19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences|
|Abbreviated title||ICPhS 2019|
|Period||5/08/19 → 9/08/19|
- laryngeal contrast
- speech perception
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