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Phonotactic constraint violations in German grammar are detected automatically in auditory speech processing: A human event-related potentials study.
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PMID:  21476998     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In this human ERP study, effects of language-specific phonotactic restrictions on automatic auditory speech processing were investigated by means of the dorsal fricative assimilation (DFA) that is obligatory in German grammar. Using a multiple passive oddball paradigm, we studied the deviance-related processing of phonotactically ill-formed strings violating DFA. Eight VC-syllables were created by exhaustively combining the vowels and the dorsal fricatives , resulting in four well-formed and four ill-formed stimuli that were contrasted in oddball blocks with changing probabilities of occurrence. Only the ill-formed deviants elicited a negative ERP deflection maximal at about 100 msec after the onset of the fricative. This negativity is considered to reflect a phonotactic evaluation process requiring the activation of implicit phonotactic knowledge from long-term memory and resulting in the automatic detection of a DFA violation.
Johanna Steinberg; Hubert Truckenbrodt; Thomas Jacobsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychophysiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1540-5958     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-4-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0142657     Medline TA:  Psychophysiology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Society for Psychophysiological Research.
Institute of Psychology, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), Berlin, Germany Experimental Psychology Unit, Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces, Hamburg, Germany.
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