Perception of interrupted speech: cross-rate variation in the intelligibility of gated and concatenated sentences

J Acoust Soc Am. 2011 Aug;130(2):EL108-14. doi: 10.1121/1.3606463.


Temporal constraints on the perception of variable-size speech fragments produced by interruption rates between 0.5 and 16 Hz were investigated by contrasting the intelligibility of gated sentences with and without silent intervals. Concatenation of consecutive speech fragments produced a significant decrease in intelligibility at 2 and 4 Hz, while having little effect at lower and higher rates. Consistent with previous studies, these findings indicate that (1) syllable-sized intervals associated with intermediate-rate interruptions are more susceptible to temporal distortions than the longer word-size or shorter phoneme-size intervals and (2) suggest qualitative differences in underlying perceptual processes at different rates.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Audiometry, Speech
  • Auditory Threshold
  • Cues*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Phonetics*
  • Signal Detection, Psychological*
  • Sound Spectrography
  • Speech Intelligibility*
  • Speech Perception*
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult