Examining speech production using masked priming

Chris Davis, Jason Shaw, Mike Proctor, Donald Derrick, Stacey Sherwood, Jeesun Kim

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    The time to initiate naming a printed target word is reduced when preceded by an identical masked prime (match prime) or by one that has the same initial letter (onset prime) compared to an all letter different control. Masked priming has been examined using vocal response time but offers an opportunity to examine speech production dynamics before the onset of speech acoustics. We tracked tongue-dorsum, tongue-tip and lip motion from four participants pronouncing 19 targets in match, onset and unrelated control prime conditions. Control primes were selected so their articulation involved a different tongue gesture than the target. Prime influence was measured by tongue-dorsum height at gestural onset and peak velocity of the subsequent gesture. Results showed that relative to targets in the match condition, control targets had a significantly different tongue dorsum height and the peak velocity was greater when the subsequent gesture was achieved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
    Editors The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherInternational Phonetic Association
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9780852619414
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventInternational congress of phonetic sciences (18th : 2015) - Glasgow, UK
    Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015


    ConferenceInternational congress of phonetic sciences (18th : 2015)
    CityGlasgow, UK

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    • Speech production
    • Masked priming
    • Articulatory dynamics
    • Articulation
    • EMA


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