Speech perception by the chinchilla: Voiced-voiceless distinction in alveolar plosive consonants

Patricia K. Kuhl, James D. Miller

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Abstract

Four chinchillas were trained to respond differently to /t/ and /d/ consonant-vowel syllables produced by four talkers in three vowel contexts. This training generalized to novel instances, including synthetically produced /da/ and /ta/ (voice-onset times of 0 and +80 milliseconds, respectively). In a second experiment, synthetic stimuli with voice-onset times between 0 and +80 milliseconds were presented for identification. The form of the labeling functions and the "phonetic boundaries" for chinchillas and English-speaking adults were similar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-72
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume190
Issue number4209
DOIs
StatePublished - 1975

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