Effects of word frequency, contextual diversity, and semantic distinctiveness on spoken word recognition

Brendan T. Johns, Thomas M. Gruenenfelder, David Pisoni, Michael N. Jones

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Abstract

The relative abilities of word frequency, contextual diversity, and semantic distinctiveness to predict accuracy of spoken word recognition in noise were compared using two data sets. Word frequency is the number of times a word appears in a corpus of text. Contextual diversity is the number of different documents in which the word appears in that corpus. Semantic distinctiveness takes into account the number of different semantic contexts in which the word appears. Semantic distinctiveness and contextual diversity were both able to explain variance above and beyond that explained by word frequency, which by itself explained little unique variance.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume132
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012

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semantics
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Spoken Word Recognition
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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Effects of word frequency, contextual diversity, and semantic distinctiveness on spoken word recognition. / Johns, Brendan T.; Gruenenfelder, Thomas M.; Pisoni, David; Jones, Michael N.

In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 132, No. 2, 08.2012.

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