Putting phonetic context effects into context: A commentary on Fowler (2006)
journal contributionposted on 01.02.2006, 00:00 by A J Lotto, Lori HoltLori Holt
On the basis of a review of the literature and three new experiments, Fowler (2006) concludes that a contrast account for phonetic context effects is not tenable and is inferior to a gestural account. We believe that this conclusion is premature and that it is based on a restricted set of assumptions about a general perceptual account. Here, we briefly address the criticisms of Fowler (2006), with the intent of clarifying what a general auditory and learning approach to speech perception entails.