The use of fundamental frequency for lexical segmentation in listeners with cochlear implants

Stephanie Spitzer, Julie Liss, Tony Spahr, Michael Dorman, Kaitlin Lansford

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Fundamental frequency (F0) variation is one of a number of acoustic cues normal hearing listeners use for guiding lexical segmentation of degraded speech. This study examined whether F0 contour facilitates lexical segmentation by listeners fitted with cochlear implants (CIs). Lexical boundary error patterns elicited under unaltered and flattened F0 conditions were compared across three groups: listeners with conventional CI, listeners with CI and preserved low-frequency acoustic hearing, and normal hearing listeners subjected to CI simulations. Results indicate that all groups attended to syllabic stress cues to guide lexical segmentation, and that F0 contours facilitated performance for listeners with low-frequency hearing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)EL236-EL241
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 26 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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