Phonotactic Probability Predicts Perception of Rhyme

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Robert Kimeman, Nat Condit-Schultz

At SMPC 2022, I did a poster session presenting my research based in statistical learning in rhyme perception. We tested a theory that there is an inverse relationship between phonotactic probability and perception of rhyme. We devised and coded an experiment using pseudo-English words from a previously curated database and created instances of assonance (repetition of vowel sounds) and instances of non-rhyme for our stimuli using the R programming language. We obtained data from more than 25 participants and found significant results supporting our theory.