Acoustic-phonetic cues to word boundary location: Evidence from word spotting.

Dumay, Nicolas and Content, Alain and Frauenfelder, Uli (1999) Acoustic-phonetic cues to word boundary location: Evidence from word spotting. In: Proceedings of the 14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPHS ' 99), 1-7 August 1999, San Francisco, USA. (Full text available)

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Abstract

This research examined acoustic-phonetic cues to word boundary location in French consonant clusters, and assessed their use in on-line lexical segmentation. Two word-spotting experiments manipulated the alignment between word targets and syllable boundaries. A perceptual cost of such misalignment was observed for obstruent-liquid clusters but not for /s/ + obstruent clusters. For the former clusters, the analysis of a corpus of utterances showed systematic variations in segment durations as a function of the lexical assignment of the pivotal consonant. We conclude that the availability of acoustic-phonetic cues to word boundary location in consonant clusters depends upon the cluster class. When available, these cues are exploited in on-line lexical segmentation of speech.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QP Physiology (Living systems)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: Nicolas Dumay
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009 13:36
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 01:42
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14931 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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