Journal of Phonetics volume 35, issue 3, P421-438 2007 DOI: 10.1016/j.wocn.2006.06.001 View full text
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Cynthia G. Clopper, David B. Pisoni

Abstract: AbstractRecent studies have found that naïve listeners perform poorly in forced-choice dialect categorization tasks. However, the listeners' error patterns in these tasks reveal systematic confusions between phonologically similar dialects. In the present study, a free classification procedure was used to measure the perceptual similarity structure of regional dialect variation in the United States. In two experiments, participants listened to a set of short English sentences produced by male talkers only (Ex…

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