Phonological categorization of vowels

A mismatch negativity study

Penelope R. Hill*, Genevieve M. McArthur, Dorothy V M Bishop

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There is electrophysiological evidence that phonological categorization has occurred within 100-200 ms post stimulus onset for the syllables /tae/ and /dae/, which vary in voice onset time. Using a similar paradigm, this study investigated when phonological categorization occurred for the contrast between /I/ and /ε/, using synthesized speech tokens that differed in the frequency of the first formant. Here we show that phonological categorization of these tokens has not occurred 100-200 ms after stimulus onset. However, the presence of a late mismatch negativity (350 ms after stimulus onset) indicated that phonological categorization had taken place by this time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2195-2199
Number of pages5
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2004

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