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Visual discrimination of French and English in inter-speech and speech-ready position D'Aquisto, Joseph Paul


This study investigates the ability of observers to discriminate between French and English using visual-only stimuli. This study differs from prior studies because it specifically uses inter-speech(ISP) and speech-ready tokens rather than full sentences. The main purpose of this research was to answer if observers could successfully discriminate French from English by watching video clips of speakers engaged in ISP and speech-ready positions with the audio removed. Two experiments were conducted; the first experiment focuses on native English vs. non-native English speakers and the second experiment focuses on native English vs. native French speakers which expands further on the data in the first experiment. The results support the view that observers can visually distinguish their native language even in the absence of segmental information.

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