An exploratory study onto the role of phonemic categories in speech perception


  • Yun Zheng Institute of Cognitive Science, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ont. K1S 5B6
  • Christian Giguère School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ottawa, 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ont. K1H 8M5


Acoustic wave absorption, Audition, Computer simulation, Neural networks, Speech analysis, Hearing loss, Natural word, Perceptron, Speech perception


The role of speech perception realized on the basis of the perceptron for individual phonemic categories in speech sounds was investigated. The synthetic words were perceived differently from the natural words, even when both consisted of tokens from the same categories. A synthetic word and a natural word might also become acoustically similar, with the suppression of certain categories due to simulated hearing loss. The results show that the speech perception was based on perception for co-articulated categories rather than single phonemic categories.

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Zheng Y, Giguère C. An exploratory study onto the role of phonemic categories in speech perception. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2005 Sep. 1 [cited 2024 May 22];33(3):52-3. Available from:



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